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

Miner's strike

An English village, 30 years after its mine closed

Brampton lost its coal mine 30 years ago, despite a year-long miner's strike. What's there now?
Posted In: coal, Britain

Why not seize Putin's assets?

The EU and U.S. are considering sanctions to punish Russia for its intervention in Ukraine.
Posted In: Vladimir Putin, ukraine, United Kingdom (U.K.)

Ukraine: "The breadbasket of Europe"

Ukraine is known as the breadbasket of Europe; along with the U.S. and Australia, it's one of the world's top wheat exporters. And a lot of the wheat leaves the country via the Crimean peninsula. The risk of this trade route being cut off has pushed up grain prices this week.

Farmers reap grain in combine harvesters on land near Zhovtneve village, in the region of Chernigov. (GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images) 

But prices haven't increased too much, thanks to an expected surge in American grain production. Before the crisis the U.S. government had been forecasting that because of this abundance, grain prices would fall to a 10-year low.

Ukrainian protests follow oligarchs to London

Mansions outside of Ukraine are drawing charges of corruption as well
Posted In: ukraine, U.K., visa

Britain's Cold War Veterans: Out in the cold?

Some British veterans ordered to witness nuclear explosions during the Cold War went on to develop serious health problems.
Posted In: veterans, Britain

Ukraine's new government will face old economic challenges

Peace has returned to the streets of Kiev after last week's violent clashe,s but new interim President Oleksander Turchinov faces turbulent economic times ahead.
Posted In: ukraine, European Union

Russia may have overspent for the Olympics

Sochi locals wonder what will happen to the hotels and facilities that were built.
Posted In: Sochi, Olympics, Putin

Climate change is making English wine better

Climate change is reversing the fortunes of a once derided industry.
Posted In: wine, Britain, United Kingdom, UK, France, Agriculture

Economic eyes again turn to the Baltic Dry Index

Should we be fretting that the Baltic Dry Index is tanking again?
Posted In: Baltic Dry Index

U.K. spat over women's pay in the financial sector

The leader of one of Britain's fastest growing political parties has sparked some outrage
Posted In: feminism, United Kingdom (U.K.), Nigel Farage, maternity leave

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