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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

Free credit

Two of Britain's biggest supermarket chains, including the Wal-Mart subsidiary Asda, have been accused of using their suppliers as a source of free credit. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Exxon in Libya

Oil giant Exxon Mobil is returning to Libya after an absence of almost 25 years. The company has signed an oil exploration deal with Col. Quadaffi's regime. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Telecom convergence

The UK's largest TV cable company has made a takeover bid for Virgin Mobile, the country's 5th biggest cell phone operator. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Increased interest in Europe

The European Central Bank raised interest rates today by a quarter percent, to two and a quarter percent.No big deal? Well, for Europe it's the first increase in five years. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

European interest rates

The European Central Bank raised interest rates today by a quarter of one percent, to two and a quarter percent. This is the first increase in five years. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Sacre bleu, l'hotel c'est tres cher!

Travelers to Paris have long complained of the cost of high end hotels. As Stephen Beard reports from London, there may be a dark reason for the sky-high rack rates. And it's not the price of chocolates on the pillow...

Security contractors - accountable to whom?

A new videotape purportedly shows private security contractors in Iraq firing on civilians. Private contractors in Iraq operate under the same rules as the US military, and cannot be prosecuted by Iraqi officials. Stephen Beard reports.

Planning for terror

London's financial markets today faced a simulated disaster designed to test the strength of the financial system. It was the largest war game of its kind ever staged in a financial center. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Pretend disaster in London

London is holding a computer-simulated crisis today. Stephen Beard explains why.

No more last call in England

The British people can now get a drink at any time of day or night. In the biggest shake-up of the country's liquor licensing laws in almost a century, pubs and bars can serve around the clock. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

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