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

Blair changes his tune . . . too late?

British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in trouble. His approval ratings have plummeted for a lot of reasons, including one that first got him elected nine years ago. Stephen Beard reports from London.
Posted In: Canada

European markets falling

After big falls on Friday, European stock markets opened sharply lower this morning, hitting their lowest point in more than two months. From London, Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Canada

New day for oil companies

Oil-rich countries will likely want to rewrite their drilling contracts, says the head of Royal Dutch Shell. Which means companies like Shell will have to agree with whatever terms are set. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Carbon credits have some hot air

Many of the European Union's companies are registering carbon dioxide emissions far below their limits. And that's wreaking some havoc with the market set up to buy and sell carbon credits. Stephen Beard explains.

High gas prices weakening demand... a little

High oil prices are hitting consumers in the US and elsewhere. The International Energy Agency said today the higher cost of crude is cutting growth in demand for gas. From London, Stephen Beard explains.
Posted In: Canada, Economy

Drugmaker wins battle with animal rights group

Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline got an injunction against an animal rights group today, after it threatened to release personal information about its stockholders. Stephen Beard reports.

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.

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