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

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

Britain's Crystal Palace could rise again

A Chinese property developer has unveiled plans to recreate the Crystal Palace, a cast iron and glass building that burned down in the 1930s, in south London.
Posted In: Britain, London, architecture

GSK seeks approval for RTS,S malaria vaccine

Data show the vaccine is modestly effective against malaria.
Posted In: malaria, vaccine, pharmaceuticals, Gates Foundation

London's divided Syrians in war of words

London’s small Syrian community is divided over whether President Bashar al-Assad should stay or go. Pro- and anti-Assad activists sacrifice much to achieve their goals.
Posted In: London, syria

Better economic outlook for Italy after Prime Minister wins confidence vote

Current Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta survived a confidence vote by a wide margin on Wednesday.
Posted In: italy, enrico letta, Silvio Berlusconi, Eurozone

You think the U.S. government is a mess? Check out Italy

The Italian government is in turmoil again, and that could damage the fragile European recovery.
Posted In: italy, Berlusconi, Silvio Berlusconi, government shutdown 2013

Looming government shutdown sends vibrations abroad

The prospect of a government shutdown in the U.S. is having repercussions abroad.
Posted In: government shutdown, world

Fake pharmaceuticals are a $75 billion global industry

It's not just a problem in developing nations either.
Posted In: pharmaceuticals, counterfeit

Beyond Germany's elections -- celebrating Luther

Germany is preparing for elections but also for the 500th anniversary in 2017 of Martin Luther kicking off the Reformation. How important is the Protestant work ethic in Germany's economic success?
Posted In: Germany, Lutheran, religion

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