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

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

New nuclear plant is explosive issue for some Brits

Britain has just approved construction of its first new nuclear power plant in 20 years.
Posted In: energy, nuclear energy, alternative energy, Britain

U.K. announces first nuclear power plant in a generation

Using Chinese and French financing, the U.K. will build its first new nuclear power plant in 20 years. But the decision is not without controversy.
Posted In: nuclear energy, United Kingdom, China, France

Wall Street Journal battles for freedom of the press in Britain

The British government is trying to prohibit The Wall Street Journal from publishing the names of trades implicated in the LIBOR scandal.
Posted In: LIBOR, libor scandal, Wall Street Journal, Britain, journalism

As global traffic spirals, roundabouts are on a roll

Roundabouts are becoming increasingly common here in America, and in other countries.
Posted In: roundabouts, Transportation, roads

London to become Chinese currency hub

There will now be a direct trading link between the British pound and the Chinese renminbi -- and that could be bad for the dollar.
Posted In: China, Britain, currency

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