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

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

Flying to Moscow? You'd better tell the truth

An ability to pass a lie detector test will come in handy if you're flying into Moscow. The airport has introduced a whole new layer of security. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

DeBeers deal's ties to ANC questioned

South African diamond giant De Beers sold a stake in the company to an investment firm today. Critics of the deal point to close ties between the investment firm's owners and the ruling African National Congress. Stephen Beard reports.

Russia could benefit from pollution

Russia is one of the world's top producers of greenhouse gases. At the same time, it's set to profit from efforts to reduce the emissions. Stephen Beard explains the apparent contradiction.
Posted In: Canada

Electronic license plates

The Brits have come up with an electronic surveillance system that makes it easy to track a car... and send its driver a bill. It's getting a lot of attention, and it probably won't be long before it shows up over here. From Birmingham, England, Stephen Beard reports.

The dollar is losing ground

The greenback seems to be sinking in a sea of troubles. Stephen Beard reports from London.
Posted In: Economy

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