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

Inflatable buildings

International airports are experimenting with a new weapon in the fight against a possible flu pandemic... inflatable buildings. Stephen Beard has more.

Germany gets a new chancellor

Stephen Beard reports on the ascension of new German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Air wars

Boeing recently sold a whole lot of airplanes, to China and Dubai. Stephen Beard reports.

Gold rising

Gold prices, which had already been rising, surged this week. Stephen Beard explains what's going on.

Safety dance

European researchers are testing many household chemicals that have been used for years, to see whether they cause health problems. The testing, approved by the European Parliament, could have a big impact on American companies and consumers. Stephen Beard reports.

Dollar rising

The dollar is getting a real boost in foreign markets. Go figure. Stephen Beard reports.

The battle for Tamiflu

Gilead and Roche have been engaged in a dispute over the production of the drug Tamiflu. Now the two have reached an agreement. Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Health

Chirac on unemployment

French president Jacques Chirac has unveiled a plan to combat racism and unemployment in his troubled country. But will it become a reality? Stephen Beard reports from London.
Posted In: Canada

Putting the pieces back together in France

The unrest that's swept France seems to be receding. But the riots have left a trail of destruction, human and economic. Stephen Beard reports from Aulnay-sous-bois, one of the worst-hit Paris suburbs.
Posted In: Canada

France's dirty little secret?

France has long offered up its social-economic model as the most humane way to deal with the poor. But as Stephen Beard reports from Paris, many French people are disturbed by what the recent riots have revealed.

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