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

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

Whither Europe on emissions?

Europe has been in the forefront of limiting carbon emissions. Do new European Union rules represent backsliding?
Posted In: sustainability, carbon footprint, European Union

The Davos World Economic Forum: A lot of 'hot air'?

The World Economic Forum opens tomorrow in Davos, Switzerland. The big-name event draws reverent commentary-- and "a lot of bloviating"
Posted In: Davos, World Economic Forum

Germans aren't eager to commemorate WWI

Britain, France, and Belgium are commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War I this year -- without the Germans.
Posted In: Germany, WWI, Europe

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

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