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

Ports battle hits London

The battle over an Arab company's bid to run operations at six American ports will reach the high court in London today. An American firm will seek to block the takeover by the state-owned Dubai Ports World company. From the British Capitol, Stephen Beard reports.

Tehran's new oil exchange

Analysts in London have spotted a curious development: A plan to launch a new oil exchange in Teheran. They say the Iranians are trying to develop a financial weapon. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Many ports in a storm

The political storm over US port management reaches the inside halls of Capitol Hill today. The Bush Administration will brief a key Senate panel on the issue. The White House says it obtained extra security commitments from the Arab company that's planning to take control of terminals at a handful of US ports. The ports are currently run by a British firm that's being taken over by the Dubai-based port operator DP World. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

German company goes after Spanish utility

The Spanish government is says it will thwart the world's largest takeover bid for a utitlity firm. The German energy group EON has offered $35 billion for the Spanish power company ENDESA. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

Enron extraditions

Three British bankers will be extradited to the United States to face charges relating to Enron's collapse. The ruling highlights concerns about the way white collar suspects are extradited to the US. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
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Enron scandal jumps the pond

Three British bankers will be extradited to US to face charges related to Enron's collapse. Besides giving prosecutors more targets in the Enron case, the British decision highlights concern about the way the US extradites suspected white collar criminals. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Niger Delta blues

The price of oil jumped on European markets today. Traders were fretting over the latest upsurge in violent unrest in Nigeria. Africa's leading oil exporter has just cut its crude output by 20%. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada, Economy

Who gets to manage US ports?

Last week, a billion-dollar Arab company won White House approval of its takeover bid for management of six major American ports. This week, the Bush Administration is being forced to defend the sale... of a British company to a firm based in the United Arab Emirates. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Steel merger making the French nervous

A possible mega-merger in the steel industry has scared French regulators. It would not only create a company with more than 10% of the world's market; it would also put at risk thousands of French jobs. So the government is looking for new ways to ward off takeover bids from abroad.From London, Stephen Beard reports.

EasyJet feeling uneasy

The British low cost airline EasyJet is worried. Its stock is being gobbled up, and there are signs that the company is being primed for a takeover. So who are these masked market raiders? As Stephen Beard reports from London, they hail from foreign shores.

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