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

European youth 'consigned to the scrapheap of unemployment'

Marketplace has been looking at youth unemployment in Europe. The numbers are terrifying. Among 18 to 24 year olds in Greece, 60 percent are jobless. In southern Spain, it's 74 percent.
Posted In: Europe, youth unemployment

In Italy, youth unemployment hovers around 35 percent

Italy is out of recession now, but business leaders there say the recovery will be slow and tough.
Posted In: italy, youth unemployment

Youth unemployment in Spain still high despite reform efforts

A continuation of our Jobless Generation series.
Posted In: spain, youth unemployment

Compared to its neighbors, more job prospects for youth in Germany

Youth unemployment sits at almost 24 percent across the EU. But in Germany, it's less than 8 percent.
Posted In: Germany, Unemployment, EU

Young Greeks struggle with lack of work

Many Greeks in their late twenties or early thirties live at home, dependent on their parents.
Posted In: Greece, youth unemployment, European debt crisis

What does 74% youth unemployment feel like?

Italy's prime minister calls youth unemployment his country's "true nightmare."
Posted In: Europe, spain, Greece, European debt crisis

What's Chinese for Dowager Countess? 'Downton Abbey' goes to China

The international hit British television show is being watched by 160 million people in China. But that doesn't mean the producers are making money off of that success.
Posted In: China, copyright

Britain gets tough with health tourists

Britain's National Health Service offers free treatment at the point of service. The government says many foreigners are abusing the system and now need to pay up for the services they receive.
Posted In: nhs, United Kingdom (U.K.), medical tourism

German's angry about NSA spying. But what can they do?

At a meeting in Brussels, European leaders are discussing possible retaliations, including suspending the transfer of bank data and withdrawal of negotiations over free trade.
Posted In: nsa, bank data, Edward Snowden, Angela Merkel

U.S. surveillance alienates allies

Allegations that the NSA tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone are threatening the relationship between Germany and America.
Posted In: NSA leaks, Edward Snowden, Germany, Angela Merkel

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