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

Making more Tamiflu

Demand for the medicine Tamiflu has soared upon fears of a bird flu pandemic. The Swiss pharmaceutical group Roche has asked other companies to help in the manufacture its drug. Stephen Beard reports.

Good news for oil

Relief that hurricane Wilma won't be heading toward the oil fields hit by Katrina and Rita pushed oil prices below $62 a barrel in overseas trading today. Stephen Beard reports from London.

Taking matters into their own hands

500,000 people were left homeless and vulnerable to the coming winter by last weekend's earthquake in Pakistan. Stephen Beard reports on relief efforts launched by well-meaning amateurs.
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A latter-day tax rebellion

Ask US officials and it's a spat over taxes. But the British side says it's about tolls. From London, Stephen Beard explains.

EU faces down bird flu

European health officials met in Brussels today to discuss a new vaccine to prevent the spread of bird flu across the EU. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Bird flu lands on the edge of Europe

Health officials confirmed today the flu virus found in Turkish birds is the one that has killed more than 60 people in Asia. The EU may set aside $1.2 billion to fight a possible pandemic. Stephen Beard reports.
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BP sweet on China

The British oil giant BP could be on the brink of a major deal with China. Reports in the British press say the company wants to forge an alliance with China's biggest oil refiner. Stephen Beard reports from London.

For a fistful of yuan

Treasury secretary John Snow arrived in Shanghai today, where he's expected to urge Beijing to let the yuan rise against the dollar. But Marketplace's Stephen Beard reports that currency traders aren't betting on it.

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.

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