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

A good-looking deal?

The Body Shop, known for its all-natural products, is being sold to the world's largest cosmetics company, L'Oreal. As L'Oreal put it, it's worth it. Stephen Beard reports.

Little Luxembourg tries to block big deal

Although it's half the size of Delaware, Luxembourg is trying to stop a $23-billion merger between two of the world's biggest steel companies.Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

London Stock Exchange taking bids

The London Stock Exchange's biggest stockholder says it is willing to entertain takeover offers. Stephen Beard reports from London.
Posted In: Investing

Nasdaq bids for London Stock Exchange

NASDAQ has put in a bid to purchase the London Stock Exchange. The LSE has rejected the bid. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Wall Street

European Union and the Palestinians

European foreign ministers are meeting today to consider economic aid for the Palestinians, which Israel and the US have already cut off after the election victory by Hamas. The EU may follow suit. Stephen Beard reports.

Torpedoing the Dubai ports deal

GOP lawmakers are siding with Democrats in trying to sink the Dubai Ports World deal. Now there's word several buyers are offering to take the problem off the company's hands. Stephen Beard reports.

Lufthansa under investigation

Lufthansa is one of the heavyweights of the air cargo business. It's second only to FedEx. Now the German airline's helping US prosecutors looking into alleged price fixing. Stephen Beard reports. Stephen Beard reports.

IAEA considers Iran sanctions

The International Atomic Energy Agency meets today to discuss sanctions on Iran. The agency will decide whether to call on the UN Security Council to punish Iran for its nuclear activity, but there may be room for a compromise. Stephen Beard reports from London.
Posted In: Economy

Linde's buyout of BOC

A takeover unveiled in Europe today will create the world's biggest supplier of industrial gases, such as hydrogen and oxygen. The Linde Group of Germany, is buying its British Rival BOC for more than $14 billion. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Oil and Iran

A broken EU meeting with Iran sends oil prices higher. Stephen Beard reports.

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