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.


Features by Stephen Beard

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.

New rule, Brittania

Fat people will now be denied certain kinds of operations to cut costs in Britain's state-run National Health Service. Patient groups condemn the decision as callous and unfair. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
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Inflatable buildings

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

Britain, Bush, and Al Jazeera

The British Government has threatened legal action over claims that President Bush suggested bombing the offices of the Arab news organization Al Jazeera. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

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.


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