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

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

Margaret Thatcher's economic legacy

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female Prime Minister, died Monday from a stroke at age 87.
Posted In: england, Margaret Thatcher

In the European debt crisis, size matters

Europe's debt crisis started in Greece. Now, residents in the tiny countries of Luxembourg, Slovenia and Malta are worried they're the next stop.
Posted In: slovenia, Malta, Luxembourg, Europe, debt

Euro unemployment rises to record high 12 percent

The jobless rate across the 17 counties that use the euro currency rose to 12 percent in January and February of 2013, adding to signs that the region's economic slump may not be over.
Posted In: euro, Europe debt crisis, Unemployment

Britain's new 'Bedroom Tax' is not what you'd think

The U.K. revealed the biggest overhaul to its welfare system in a generation. One major cut will be to crackdown on people who live in large houses but collect welfare payments.
Posted In: austerity, welfare, welfare offices, welfare reform

Cyprus calm but crisis effects ripple

Banks are open for the second day in Cyprus after two weeks of closure. From the outside, things appear to be calm. The President of Cyprus said this morning that the country will not leave the euro.
Posted In: cyprus, bailout, Europe debt crisis

Cyprus capital controls threaten fate of the euro

Strict controls on the level of withdrawals have prevented a bank run in Cyprus. But the restrictions are raising fresh doubts about the future of the euro.
Posted In: cyprus, euro, bailout

Where will money launderers turn after Cyprus?

The recent crisis in Cyprus threw the spotlight on its reputation as a haven for money launderers. Now, some dodgy investors with money its banks have taken a hit. Where can they turn now to shelter their ill-gotten goods?
Posted In: money laundering, cyprus

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