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

Galileo orbits earth

The Europeans launched a satellite today, and embarked on their boldest venture in space. Their mission: to challenge America's monopoly over satellite navigation. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Russian resignation

Today, the Russian government loudly and publicly dismissed the criticisms of a high-profile former economic aide.Andrei Illarionov quit his post Tuesday, saying Russia is no longer free. From the European Desk in London, Stephen Beard explains that the story behind the story is mostly about market forces, not political ones.
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Europe and Kyoto

The Europeans have not been shy in their support of the Kyoto treaty on climate change. They also haven't concealed their displeasure with the US decision to back away from the treaty. But a report out today shows the Europeans may have a little explaining to do. From London, Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports.

Tamiflu - not the magic bullet?

Shares in the Swiss pharmaceuticals firm Roche dipped on European markets today. Further doubts about the company's anti bird flu treatment Tamiflu have worried investors. From London, Stephen Beard reports.
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You say you want a revolution?

Russia is demanding that Ukraine, its former Soviet partner, pay a much higher price for Russian natural gas. Ukraine is refusing to pay. Russia is threatening to cut off supplies. Western Europe is watching nervously. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Playing FTSE

History was made in the London stock market today. For the first time, a company from the former Soviet Union joined the index of top 100 British shares. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Iran's nuclear program

This week the European Union resumed their talks with Iran over the country's nuclear program. As Stephen Beard reports from London, there are signs that the EU is adopting a tougher line towards Tehran.

WTO talks

Europe's trade negotiator says he's more than a little pessimistic heading into the stretch of key global trade talks in Hong Kong. Peter Mandelsohn says the problem is easy to locate -- he says it's the Americans' fault the talks are in jeopardy. Stephen Beard reports.

Bank gives back profits. In other news, pigs fly.

The Swiss bank UBS says it will repay the huge profits it made from a trading blunder in Tokyo last week. A Japanese trader lost hundreds of millions of dollars for his company, by simply typing the wrong numbers into his computer. Chaos ensued. Stephen Beard reports on what's being done to rectify the situation.

Every breath you take, every move you make...

Governments are casting their surveillance net ever wider, trying to track suspected terrorists. Today, the European Parliament said it might want to look at phone and e-mail records. From London, Stephen Beard reports.


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