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

Gold makes history

The price of gold hit a 25-year high in overseas trading today, rising well above $700 an ounce. From London, Stephen Beard reports that speculation about the future of China's massive foreign reserves is driving the rise.
Posted In: Canada, Economy, Wall Street

Shareholder terrorism

Opponents of animal testing in the UK have taken their campaign to a new level, sending threatening letters to small shareholders of pharmaceutical giant Glaxo Smith Kline. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Apple 1, Beatles 0

The Beatles lost their legal battle with Apple Computer. Record label Apple Corp failed to stop the US company from using the apple logo in its iTunes download service. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Science

Organized crime steering the piracy ship

Making and selling counterfeit goods is no longer a cottage industry. And with huge profits on the table, organized criminal gangs from around the globe have moved in. Stephen Beard reports.

Piracy has long been a dickens of a problem

The United States may be pointing the finger at China over piracy, but as Stephen Beard reports, the US has its own piracy skeletons in its closet.

GE interested in British airport operator

General Electric is reported to have joined the battle for control of Britain's biggest airport operator, BAA. The company, which runs all three of London's main airports, has recently rejected two takeover bids.Stephen Beard reports.

Credit card fees targeted in Europe

European authorities have threatened to take legal action against the world's major credit card companies. At issue are the fees Visa and MasterCard charge businesses to accept their cards. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Italy's election

Romano Prodi has claimed victory in Italy's election, but the country's political future is still up for grabs. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has yet to concede defeat, and may yet demand a recount. Can Italy's economy weather the political storm? Stephen Beard reports.

Oil prices climb in Europe

The price of oil closed in on $70 a barrel in European trading this morning. Stephen Beard reports on what's fueling the rise.
Posted In: Canada

Blair under fire for political deal-making

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is finding himself in hot water. There are allegations that big political contributors have been rewarded with seats in Parliament. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

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