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

Airbus and Boeing

President Bush says he will sign a new defense spending bill passed by Congress before they went home for the holidays. A little-noticed clause in the bill could help reduce transatlantic tensions over competing airplane makers. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports on the latest skirmish between Airbus and Boeing.

Suite deal

America's third largest hotel, Hilton Hotels, is reuniting with Britain's Hilton Group. The two companies were separated more than forty years ago. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Hilton and Hilton, together again

Two of the world's biggest hotel groups may be staging a New Year's reunion. Hilton Hotels of America is expected to reunite with Britain's Hilton Group. The two companies went their separate ways 40 years ago. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Galileo orbits earth

The Europeans launched a satellite today, and embarked on their boldest venture in space. Their mission: to challenge America's monopoly over satellite navigation. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Russian resignation

Today, the Russian government loudly and publicly dismissed the criticisms of a high-profile former economic aide.Andrei Illarionov quit his post Tuesday, saying Russia is no longer free. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard explains that the story behind the story is mostly about market forces, not political ones.
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Europe and Kyoto

The Europeans have not been shy in their support of the Kyoto treaty on climate change. They also haven't concealed their displeasure with the US decision to back away from the treaty. But a report out today shows the Europeans may have a little explaining to do. From London, Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports.

Tamiflu - not the magic bullet?

Shares in the Swiss pharmaceuticals firm Roche dipped on European markets today. Further doubts about the company's anti bird flu treatment Tamiflu have worried investors. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Health

You say you want a revolution?

Russia is demanding that Ukraine, its former Soviet partner, pay a much higher price for Russian natural gas. Ukraine is refusing to pay. Russia is threatening to cut off supplies. Western Europe is watching nervously. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Playing FTSE

History was made in the London stock market today. For the first time, a company from the former Soviet Union joined the index of top 100 British shares. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Iran's nuclear program

This week the European Union resumed their talks with Iran over the country's nuclear program. As Stephen Beard reports from London, there are signs that the EU is adopting a tougher line towards Tehran.

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