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

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

In Germany, elections loom and doubts about the eurozone

On Sunday, German voters will go to the polls. Victory for Chancellor Angela Merkel seems certain. One unpredictable element, however, is the fate of a party that wants to exclude the Eurozone's economically struggling members from the bloc.
Posted In: Eurozone, Germany, Merkel, AfD, elections

In German election, economics is anything but dismal

As Germany approaches elections this weekend, a new party -- the Alternative for Germany -- is aiming to liven up German politics.
Posted In: Germany, euro

European markets surge in reaction to the Fed's decision

The Federal Reserve's big surprise: no cuts to bond buying for now. And European investors gladly welcome the news.
Posted In: European stock markets, Fed, FOMC, bond buying, stimulus, tapering

How do you say, 'It's the economy, stupid' in German?

GM's closure of its auto plant in Bochum, Germany, will be the first major closure of an auto plant there in 60 years.
Posted In: euro, Germany, General Motors

The global echos of America's financial mess

The effects of the 2008 financial crisis hit even disparate economies like Ireland, Iceland and Latvia.
Posted In: financial crisis, Lehman Brothers, Ireland, latvia, Iceland, Eurozone

Britain's snail mail for sale

The British Government plans to sell off a majority stake in the world’s oldest postal service – the Royal Mail.
Posted In: Royal Mail, Britain

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