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

Big oil gets bigger

Shell today reported the biggest three-month profit ever for a British company. The news follows Exxon Mobil's earnings this week, the largest quarter ever recorded by a publicly-listed US company. The reason for both was the same: The soaring price of crude. It lifted Shell's annual profits to $23 billion. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

The world? Not so convinced we really want to change

Oil prices slipped to $67 a barrel today, as overseas markets reacted skeptically to the ambitious energy plans in the State of the Union speech. In his address, President Bush pledged to cut our dependence on Middle Eastern oil 75% by the year 2025. From London, Stephen Beard reports that few believe that's going to happen.

Chastising Iran

Iran got some bad news last night: The US and other key nations agreed the country should be reported to the UN for their nuclear activities. That could mean a number of different things politically, but the economic impact could be dramatic -- sanctions are a possibility. As Stephen Beard reports from London, that really means just one product -- oil.

Arcelor takeover attempt

Imagine Microsoft launching a hostile takeover of Apple Computer. Something like that scenario is playing itself out in the steel industry right now. European steel company Arcelor turned down a $23 billion dollar offer from Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal. But because of the attempted deal, steel company stocks have surged in overseas markets today. From London, Stephen Beard reports on what a steel mega-merger would mean to you.

Alcohol deaths

Britain has the highest rate of alcohol-related deaths of any country in Europe. Stephen Beard reports on the economic toll.

Arcelor takeover

Imagine if Microsoft launched a hostile takeover of Apple computer. Well, something akin to that is playing out in the steel industry right now. European steel-maker Arcelor has turned down a $23 billion dollar hostile bid from India's Mittal steel. From London, Stephen Beard on what this kind of deal might mean to you.

Global Greenspan

Alan Greenspan, the steady hand at the helm of the Federal Reserve, steps down after 18 years in office next week. Foreign investors have come to rely on Greenspan's predictability for investing in the US and the dollar, but will all that change when Ben Bernanke takes over the Fed? Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Economy

Doha talks in Davos

Trade ministers from 30 countries are meeting at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland today. Trade officials hope to restart the global free trade talks known as the "Doha Round." Watchdog groups claim corporate lobbyists have too much influence in the process. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

Microsoft opens up

Microsoft has compromised with the Europeans in its high-stakes antitrust fight. The company offered rival software firms a look inside the core programming language of its Windows Server operating system. It represents a major shift in strategy for Microsoft, as Stephen Beard reports from the European Desk in London.

Nigerian oil attacks

Gunmen attacked a foreign oil company's facility in Nigeria, raising new fears about the stability of one of the world's top oil exporters. Cheryl Glaser speaks to Stephen Beard in London about the attacks.
Posted In: Canada

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