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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

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.

France struggles with unrest

As violence spreads across France and the US warns travelers to stay away, Stephen Beard looks at the root causes of the uprising, and at how the French government is planning to address them.
Posted In: Canada

The French Revolution, part deux?

The French Interior Minister says this week's riots in Paris (and beyond) were partly caused by economic and social problems neglected for more than thirty years. From the European Desk, Stephen Beard reports.
Posted In: Canada

My lawyer got me one million dollars...

The British government has unveiled plans to curb what it calls British "compensation culture"— what we know as personal injury lawsuits. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Good thing SUV sales are down...

The International Energy Agency says oil prices could be much higher in a couple decades. Unless... Middle East countries start spending billions on new production. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

German reform hits a snag

The new coalition government in Germany has begun to collapse even before it has been sworn in. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

Talks in London on life after Kyoto

Talks continue Tuesday in London over how to curb greenhouse gas emissions after the Kyoto protocol expires. Sam Eaton reports.
Posted In: Canada

Saudi Arabia to join WTO

On Friday, the WTO votes to admit Saudi Arabia to the global trade group. But just what does a country need to do to join the club? Stephen Beard reports.

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