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

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.
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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.

Muslim protest devastates Danish food producer

The largest foodmaker in Denmark, Arla, says it is losing $2 million a day from a boycott in the Mideast over editorial cartoons printed in a Danish newspaper. Millions of Muslims are refusing to buy products from Denmark, including butter, milk and cheese made by Arla. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

Iran's nuclear controversy

The International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna is considering reporting Iran to the UN Security Council. The US has been applying its own pressure on Iran by leaning on European companies that trade with them. Stephen Beard reports.

Big oil gets bigger

Shell today reported the biggest three-month profit ever for a British company. The news follows Exxon Mobil's earnings this week, the largest quarter ever recorded by a publicly-listed US company. The reason for both was the same: The soaring price of crude. It lifted Shell's annual profits to $23 billion. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

The world? Not so convinced we really want to change

Oil prices slipped to $67 a barrel today, as overseas markets reacted skeptically to the ambitious energy plans in the State of the Union speech. In his address, President Bush pledged to cut our dependence on Middle Eastern oil 75% by the year 2025. From London, Stephen Beard reports that few believe that's going to happen.

Chastising Iran

Iran got some bad news last night: The US and other key nations agreed the country should be reported to the UN for their nuclear activities. That could mean a number of different things politically, but the economic impact could be dramatic -- sanctions are a possibility. As Stephen Beard reports from London, that really means just one product -- oil.

Arcelor takeover attempt

Imagine Microsoft launching a hostile takeover of Apple Computer. Something like that scenario is playing itself out in the steel industry right now. European steel company Arcelor turned down a $23 billion dollar offer from Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal. But because of the attempted deal, steel company stocks have surged in overseas markets today. From London, Stephen Beard reports on what a steel mega-merger would mean to you.

Alcohol deaths

Britain has the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths of any country in Europe. Stephen Beard reports on the economic toll.

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