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

Bird flu in Germany

Germany has become the latest European country to confirm that bird flu has reached its territory. Two dead swans were found to have the H5N1 virus. Veterinary experts have begun a 2-day meeting in Brussels to discuss further measures to combat the disease. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Health

No smoking please, we're British

Last night, British lawmakers voted to ban smoking in all pubs, clubs, restaurants and offices in England. The ban is similar to laws on the books in California and other states. The English will have to stamp out their cigarettes by the summer of next year. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Dollar doing well

The dollar edged lower today against Asian and European currencies. But despite fears about the US trade deficit, central banks around the world are not dumping US currency. A survey of central bankers published in London shows the dollar remains by far the world's most popular currency. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Economy

Tesco crosses the pond

The British supermarket Tesco is preparing to enter the US. The company dominates the British market and plans to spend over $400 million a year to build small convenience stores in the US. Stephen Beard takes a look.

Tesco takes on Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart is the world's biggest retailer, but most of its sales still come from the US. In recent years, Wal-Mart has tried to expand globally. But today, Britain's biggest retailer says it wants to give Wal-Mart a run for its money. Tesco will expand into Wal-Mart's turf next year. The company already sells 30% of the food sold in the UK. And starting next year, it will set up a network of US convenience stores, like 7-11. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Fuel wars at Heathrow

Pricey jet fuel could cause an international incident at the world's third-largest airport. London's Heathrow Airport lost a third of its fuel reserves from a fire in December. Now United Airlines and American Air are upset with airport authorities as they stockpile more gas. Stephen Beard reports from London on the preferential treatment British carriers are getting.

New French immigration rules

The French government is planning to toughen its immigration rules. The law is similar to some tough restrictions American lawmakers want. But the new law could make it easier for the French to expel anyone who refuses to integrate. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

Cartoon backlash

Iran announced a broad economic boycott of Denmark today. This comes after many Muslims around the world have denounced cartoons first published in a Danish newspaper. Many Iraqis are pressuring their government to sever ties with countries that have published the cartoons. Stephen Beard has the story.
Posted In: Canada, Economy

Iran's nuke program puts oil over a barrel

The price of oil shot up this morning ---in response to the weekend's news that the world's nuclear watchdog has reported Iran to the United Nations. In early trading, U.S. light crude rose more than a dollar to more than $66 dollars a barrel. From London, Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports:

Denmark feels the sting from Muslim boycott

The largest foodmaker in Denmark says it's losing $2 million a day from a boycott in the Mideast over editorial cartoons printed in a Danish newspaper. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard has the story.

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