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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

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.

Betting on Iraq's future

Next week, a $3 billion chunk of government bonds, bearing the name of the Republic of Iraq, will begin trading in London. This represents Iraq's first appearance on the world's markets in years, and a test of its creditworthiness. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Bird flu deaths in Turkey

Two people in Turkey have died from bird flu, the first such cases outside Southeast Asia. European public health officials are now concerned the deadly disease may have reached their doorstep.From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Health

Russia and Ukraine make a deal

Russia and Ukraine have reached a deal over the price of natural gas, ending a pricing dispute that's been swirling since January 1. Ukraine admitted to siphoning off some gas from the pipeline that runs through its borders, and Russia agreed to work with a Ukrainian government with closer ties to the west. But at its base, the deal settles most of the concerns over possible disruption of gas supplies across the EU. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

Oasis Airline launched

Hong Kong startup Oasis Airline promises discount fares to its home city from Europe and the US. European Bureau Chief Stephen Beard reports.

Europe turns up the heat on Russia

Russia shut off natural gas supplies to Ukraine yesterday as a dispute over prices escalated. Today, Russia agreed to turn the gas back on, but the effect has rippled across the continent and hit some other members of the EU. Stephen Beard reports.

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