Based in London and reporting for the entire Marketplace portfolio, Stephen Beard provides daily coverage of Europe’s business and economic developments.

When asked what he most enjoys about his work, he answers simply, “Travel.” Over the past two years, he produced a series of features on the European debt crisis, reported from the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and various locations in Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Beard has spent four decades in radio. Before joining Marketplace in 1993, he worked for 20 years as a BBC staffer and freelance reporter, in addition to time with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and with commercial broadcasting stations in Manchester, England, and Victoria, British Columbia. His reporting has taken him throughout North America and Europe as well as the Middle East, China, Australia, Malaysia and India.

Beard holds a prestigious Clarion Award for his report on the death of U.S. politician Ron Brown; a National Federation of Community Broadcasters Golden Reel award for a series on modern-day slavery; and a New York Festivals Silver World Medal for his series on the changing face of Eastern Europe.

Beard is a graduate of the University of Leeds, with an honors degree in Law.

When not working, he enjoys reading biographies and tending his small farm outside London, which includes 110 ewes, one very noisy cockerel and an elderly, non-laying hen. In addition to his impressive journalism CV, he has also worked as a deep-sea fisherman and a bingo caller.

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Features by Stephen Beard

The Bard as businessman

As Shakespeare fans around the world celebrate his birthday today, academics in his native England say the Bard was as much about avarice as artistry.
Posted In: Shakespeare

As Germany stumbles, will the rest of Europe fall down with it?

Linked by a common currency, the countries in the euro zone are roped together like climbers scaling a cliff face. If one or more loses their footing, the rest could come crashing down.
Posted In: Germany, France, Europe debt crisis

British retailer Tesco packs up after failing in the U.S.

Britain's biggest retailer, the supermarket Tesco, has announced its first drop in profit in 20 years -- and its U.S. business expansion may be partly to blame.
Posted In: england, Retail, Tesco, supermarket

British authorities review security for London marathon

After the bombings in Boston, authorities in London are looking at their own security arrangements in advance of Sunday's London marathon.
Posted In: London, boston marathon

Gold prices fall 10% as need for 'safe haven' fades

After a dazzling rise to more than $1,900 an ounce, the yellow metal has clearly lost its luster. The price of bullion has slumped by 10 percent since the end of last week, down to $1,420 an ounce.
Posted In: gold, India, China, inflation

Germans wary of Greeks bearing... reparations demands

Greeks fed up with their country's economic woes see a quick fix -- Germany stumping up more than $200 billion in further reparations for World War II aggression. Germans are unimpressed.
Posted In: Greece, Germany

A $10 billion coffee buy

German investment group JAB is buying Dutch company D.E. Master Blenders for nearly $10 billion.
Posted In: coffee, beverages

Italy's electoral circus continues, markets unfazed

No government emerges a month after Italy's last elections, markets seems to approve.
Posted In: Silvio Berlusconi, Beppe Grillo, italy, Pier Luigi Bersani

Japan stimulus has investors eyeing Europe

The value of the Japanese yen fell to its lowest level in four years after a huge monetary stimulus package was unveiled last week, and the effects of the stimulus are starting to be felt far away from Japan.
Posted In: Japan, bonds, yen, Europe debt crisis

Margaret Thatcher's legacy: Three things that changed for the U.K.

There’s no question Margaret Thatcher wanted to remake the U.K. economy during her tenure, but did she succeed?
Posted In: Margaret Thatcher, U.K., United Kingdom

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