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

Voting booth is prepared in Athens for Greek elections that were held over the weekend.

Greek's new government promises winds of change

Leftist party wants to abolish austerity measures. Will other EU nations follow?
Alexis Tsipras, head of the leftist Syriza party, listens to a question during a press conference Friday in Athens.

Why Greece stays in the eurozone

Greeks trust European officials more than their own politicians, fear financial turmoil.
Posted In: Greece, Eurozone
Voting booth is prepared in Athens for Greek elections that were held over the weekend.

Greece prepares to vote, eurozone worries

The party leading in the polls wants to renegotiate Greece's bailout deals.
Posted In: Greece, Eurozone, elections

Ruthless smugglers' new business: 'Ghost ships'

Refugees are ferried to Europe aboard unsafe boats that crews often abandon at sea.

Lithuania embraces the Euro

Lithuania has taken its old currency, the Litas, out of circulation.
Posted In: lithuania, Euro Eurozone, Eurozone
German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Greece could be headed for eurozone exit

Germany reportedly warns Greece that it could be forced out of the euro. Is that such a bad thing?
Posted In: Greece, Germany, Angela Merkel, Grexit
Beleaguered-looking Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras gives a press conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France.

Greece political developments stir European debt fears

Greece has called early national elections next month. They could bring to power a party that opposes current bailout deals.
Posted In: Greece, antonis samaras, syriza party

Ruble woes spark London house-buying spree

Rich Russians eager to move their money are snapping up pricey London houses.
Posted In: Russia, ruble, real estate
Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russian journalists try to thwart Kremlin censorship

A group of Russian journalists decamps to Latvia to strike a blow for press freedom.
Posted In: Putin, Kremlin, censorship, Russia, media

Greece furious as Elgin Marbles go to Russia

The British Museum is loaning part of its Elgin Marbles collection to Russia's Hermitage Museum.

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