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

Microsoft opens up

Microsoft has compromised with the Europeans in its high-stakes antitrust fight. The company offered rival software firms a look inside the core programming language of its Windows Server operating system. It represents a major shift in strategy for Microsoft, as Stephen Beard reports from the European Desk in London.

Nigerian oil attacks

Gunmen attacked a foreign oil company's facility in Nigeria, raising new fears about the stability of one of the world's top oil exporters. Cheryl Glaser speaks to Stephen Beard in London about the attacks.
Posted In: Canada

European cartels

The culture of collusion and price-fixing is alive and well in Europe. But regulators have served notice the end of cartel activity is nigh. Stephen Beard reports.

Vodaphone and Verizon

How much do you know about the British wireless phone giant Vodafone? Not much? Well, know this -- it's the world's biggest cell phone company by sales. And the reason Americans don't know that much about it is that stateside Vodafone co-owns Verizon Wireless. Today, Vodafone announced it had beaten expectations for customer and revenue growth. But the company angered some investors who want it to sell its stake in Verizon. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

More issues with Russia's gas supply

The former Soviet Republic of Georgia has accused Russia of disrupting Georgian pipelines carrying critical supplies of natural gas. Sound familiar? That's because its nearly identical to last month's clash between Russian and Ukraine. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Oil prices in an insecure world

The price of oil hit more than $67 a barrel in overseas trading today -- its highest level in four months. After some handwringing about Iran and fretting about Nigeria, the market got downright freaked by Osama bin Laden on Thursday. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Pledging for bird flu

In a summit that ended yesterday, global donors promised $1.9 billion to help fight bird flu. And it's not just governments promising support; business leaders flocked to London today to talk about how they could help. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Health

Europe losing the productivity race

It could be those extra vacation days and 35-hour work weeks. Or maybe it's those midday siestas. Whatever the cause, a new study out today has European economies falling further behind the United States in productivity. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

Daimler Chrysler scandal

GM and Ford have been in the news a lot lately -- struggling stock prices, ballooning pensions, etc. So far, Chrysler has steered clear of that trouble, but reports today reveal the carmaker's European parent, Daimler Chrysler, to be in a different sort of trouble. The carmaker suspended at least six of its managers accused of bribery. The charges are linked to the scandal-plagued UN oil-for-food program in Iraq. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard has more.

Economic sanctions against Iran?

Stephen Beard reports on a meeting held in London to discuss the possibility of economic sanctions against nuclear upstart Iran.

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