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.


Features by Stephen Beard

Greece's car dealers prosper amid widespread hardship

Greeks are betting that a car is a safer option for their money than a bank.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greece, Eurozone, Europe debt crisis, Europe

In Greece, breadwinners struggle to make ends meet

With an unemployment rate of 25 percent, workers must support extended families.
Posted In: greekcrisis, Greek, Greece, Unemployment

The Greeks are getting tired of crisis talks

Marketplace's Stephen Beard talks to people in Greece about the economic crisis.
Posted In: Greece, Grexit, crisis, greekcrisis

Magna Carta anniversary draws American support

For the 800th Anniversary, American lawyers and tourists are descending on London.
Posted In: Magna Carta Holy Grail, Britain, London

BBC at risk as the UK weighs TV license fee

The $220 annual charge raises about $5 billion a year to fund "the Beeb."
Posted In: UK, television, bbc

A preview of the eurozone meeting on Monday

Greece will outline its plans to meet its debt obligations.
Posted In: Greece, Eurozone, debt

Voters head to the polls in Britain today

What impact does the economy has on the outcome of this day?
Posted In: British, British elections, income tax

Britain's place in the EU is on the table Thursday

Incumbent Prime Minister David Cameron said he'd reevaluate the U.K.'s membership.
Posted In: United Kingdom, david cameron, British elections, European Union
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras walks towards the stage to address MPs at the Greek parliament in Athens on Feb. 5, 2015. Tsipras spoke on the telephone to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he met with April 8, 2015.

Tsipras' visit with Putin raises European eyebrows

The Russian leader says the Greek PM didn't seek financial aid at their meeting.
Posted In: Greece, Russia, European Central Bank, European Union


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