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.


Features by Stephen Beard

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.

European central bank raises interest rates

Europe's central bank is expected to raise interest rates a quarter of a point later today. As Stephen Beard reports from the European Desk in London, that's both good news and bad news for the US economy.

British ban on French foul

Bird flu is spreading across Europe, but so far, no bird has tested positive in this country. Still, the US Agriculture Department has moved to ban imports of birds from parts of France where bird flu has been found. The US isn't the only country looking at a ban on French chicken; the British are too. But pandemic fears may not be the only reason, as Stephen Beard reports from London.

Italy v. France

A bitter fight has broken out between two of the largest and most important member countries in the European Union.The issue is protectionism. Italy has accused France of trying to back away from the single market of the European Union. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

The EU and Hamas

The EU is expected to pass a resolution today that will keep financial aid flowing into Hamas-led Palestine. EU leaders are also demanding that Hamas disarm, recognize Israel and accept past Israeli-Palestinian peace agreements. Stephen Beard looks into the EU's decision, and what it portends for the Palestinian government.
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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.


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