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

China, US and EU argue over auto parts

China has attacked the United States and the Eurpean Union for escalating a trade row over auto parts. The US and the EU have accused China of trying to restrict the import of foreign components. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Washington

Nasdaq withdraws London Stock Exchange bid

Nasdaq has taken back its $4 billion bid for the London Stock Exchange. The LSE had rejected a bid earlier this month. But as Stephen Beard reports, the bidding war probably isn't over.

Apple vs. Apple

The Beatles' record company, Apple, goes to the high court in London today, seeking substantial damages from the computer company of the same name. Stephen Beard reports.

National strike cripples France

Large parts of the French rail, bus and air transport system have been shut down by a national strike. Labor unions are protesting against a new law designed to combat youth unemployment. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Nationwide strike called in France

Labor unions have called for a nationwide strike in France tomorrow to protest a new US-style labor law. The government claims the new law is necessary to combat the country's high rates of youth unemployment. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Excuse his <i>not speaking</i> French? Never!

French President Jacques Chirac stormed out of a key European Union meeting after a French business leader committed the unpardonable sin: He addressed the gathering in English. Stephen Beard reports.

EU opens economic-reform talks

European Union leaders are meeting today in Brussels to talk about radical economic reform. As in, let's become the United States of Europe.Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Apple and the French

Apple is getting into a melee with France. It says a proposed law concerning iPod music downloads smacks of state-sponsored piracy. Stephen Beard reports.

The nanny state

The British government spends more than $350 million annually on advertising. That makes it the third-largest advertiser in the United Kingdom. Why does a government have to spend so much on ads? Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

L'Oreal and the Body Shop

Cosmetics giant L'Oreal has bought the eco-conscious British company Body Shop. Critics question the move because Body Shop is well-known for its stance against animal testing, whereas L'Oreal has never banned the practice. Stephen Beard reports.

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