Based in London, Stephen Beard reports for the entire Marketplace portfolio providing 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.

Stephen 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.

Stephen 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.

Stephen is a graduate of the University of Leeds, with an honors degree in Law. When Stephen isn’t 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

Economic sanctions against Iran?

Stephen Beard reports on a meeting held in London to discuss the possibility of economic sanctions against nuclear upstart Iran.

Betting on Iraq's future

Next week, a $3 billion chunk of government bonds, bearing the name of the Republic of Iraq, will begin trading in London. This represents Iraq's first appearance on the world's markets in years, and a test of its creditworthiness. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Bird flu deaths in Turkey

Two people in Turkey have died from bird flu, the first such cases outside Southeast Asia. European public health officials are now concerned the deadly disease may have reached their doorstep.From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.
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Russia and Ukraine make a deal

Russia and Ukraine have reached a deal over the price of natural gas, ending a pricing dispute that's been swirling since January 1. Ukraine admitted to siphoning off some gas from the pipeline that runs through its borders, and Russia agreed to work with a Ukrainian government with closer ties to the west. But at its base, the deal settles most of the concerns over possible disruption of gas supplies across the EU. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports.

Oasis Airline launched

Hong Kong startup Oasis Airline promises discount fares to its home city from Europe and the US. European Bureau Chief Stephen Beard reports.

Europe turns up the heat on Russia

Russia shut off natural gas supplies to Ukraine yesterday as a dispute over prices escalated. Today, Russia agreed to turn the gas back on, but the effect has rippled across the continent and hit some other members of the EU. Stephen Beard reports.

Ukraine v. Russia

The Eastern European countries are in a standoff over the price Ukraine pays for Russian oil and whether Russia can continue to send its oil to Western Europe via a pipeline through Ukraine. Stephen Beard reports.

Airbus and Boeing

President Bush says he will sign a new defense spending bill passed by Congress before they went home for the holidays. A little-noticed clause in the bill could help reduce transatlantic tensions over competing airplane makers. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard reports on the latest skirmish between Airbus and Boeing.

Suite deal

America's third largest hotel, Hilton Hotels, is reuniting with Britain's Hilton Group. The two companies were separated more than forty years ago. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Hilton and Hilton, together again

Two of the world's biggest hotel groups may be staging a New Year's reunion. Hilton Hotels of America is expected to reunite with Britain's Hilton Group. The two companies went their separate ways 40 years ago. From London, Stephen Beard reports.


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