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

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.

WTO talks

Europe's trade negotiator says he's more than a little pessimistic heading into the stretch of key global trade talks in Hong Kong. Peter Mandelsohn says the problem is easy to locate -- he says it's the Americans' fault the talks are in jeopardy. Stephen Beard reports.

Bank gives back profits. In other news, pigs fly.

The Swiss bank UBS says it will repay the huge profits it made from a trading blunder in Tokyo last week. A Japanese trader lost hundreds of millions of dollars for his company, by simply typing the wrong numbers into his computer. Chaos ensued. Stephen Beard reports on what's being done to rectify the situation.

Every breath you take, every move you make...

Governments are casting their surveillance net ever wider, trying to track suspected terrorists. Today, the European Parliament said it might want to look at phone and e-mail records. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

European telecom law

The European parliament has passed a new law it says will help it catch terrorists. The law forces telecom companies to store their call data to help police in investigations. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

Doha

The Doha round of international trade talks resumes in Hong Kong this week at the WTO conference. Stephen Beard looks at what might happen to the momentum for globalization if the talks fail.

Massive fire in England

A series of explosions ripped through British oil depot on Sunday, setting off the biggest fire in Europe since World War II. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Saudi Arabia -- meet the world

This weekend, Saudi Arabia joins the World Trade Organization. Membership could bring some big changes to one of the most insular and devout countries in the Middle East. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

National healthcare... for some

Bad news for British people who are obese, or who drink and smoke heavily. They may soon be denied treatment by the state funded national health service. For London, Stephen Beard reports.
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