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

Swiss drugmaker Roche stocks way up

Roche's boost comes partly from good news from Genentech, of which it's part owner. And it's getting a shot in the arm from Tamiflu, the company's flu treatment. Stephen Beard reports.

A possible trade harvest

The latest version of world trade talks have got a boost today when the US offered to cut farm subsidies by 60 percent. Stephen Beard reports from the European Desk in London.

A new German Chancellor

Germany is about to install Angela Merkel as the country's first female chancellor. Stephen Beard reports from the European Desk in London.

Insurance's big hit

The estimated cost of Hurricane Katrina continues to rise. The British insurance firm Wellington says its losses will be much higher than it exected. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Insuring the insurers

The estimated cost of Hurricane Katrina continues to rise. The British insurance firm Wellington says its losses will be much higher than it exected. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Who's hoping to join the EU?

Pop quiz: what city is in both Asia and Europe? Well, it's now closer to becoming part of the EU. Stephen Beard reports from London (click on the story to get your quiz answer).

European Union and Turkey

Turkey's hopes to join the EU are meeting a serious roadblock as talks open today. It goes against previous agreements, but seems to be in keeping with public opinion. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

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