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

At the English seaside, poverty comes to stay

Britain's coastal resorts were once the summer playground of its people with funfairs, bands and acres of sand. But the holidaymakers now head for mainland Europe.
Posted In: Britain, poverty

EU questions aid to Egypt as violence rages

As violence escalates and criticism grows of Egypt's military-backed regime, European aid to Egypt is now under greater scrutiny.
Posted In: Egypt, Europe, military

In rural England, fracking finds few friends

Britain's government supports fracking as a source of cheap gas and jobs but his plans are meeting stiff resistance in the countryside, where New Age protesters and rich conservative country-dwellers want none of it.
Posted In: fracking, sustainability, U.K., United Kingdom (U.K.)

Rumble over 'The Rock': Spain and Britain quarrel over Gibraltar

Three-hundred-year-old resentments over a British colony play into Spain's new restrictions on Gibraltar.
Posted In: Gibraltar, Britain, spain

JPMorgan nears settlement with SEC over 'London Whale'

JPMorgan is likely to settle with the SEC, but the Whale himself won't be facing any criminal charges -- for now.
Posted In: JPMorgan Chase, London Whale, Securities and Exchange Commission

Britain's immigration crackdown sparks anger

In Britain, a recent government crackdown on illegal immigration has had trucks touring immigrant neighborhoods with signs inviting undocumented immigrants to go home or face arrest. Some say this is heavy-handed.
Posted In: Immigration, United Kingdom

Spat over Gibraltar smells fishy

Spain is punishing the British territory of Gibraltar supposedly over a row about fishing, but some British lawmakers say this is mere saber-rattling to distract attention from Spain's domestic economic problems.
Posted In: spain, Gibraltar, Britain

Speed prompts futures exchange to consider move to U.S.

The London International Financial Futures Exchange is considering a move to the U.S. That should make transactions marginally faster, but is this a wise move?
Posted In: Europe, automated trading, London

UK businesses investigated for phone-hacking, 'blagging'

The phone-hacking scandal in Britain may extend far beyond the news media to hundreds of other companies.
Posted In: Rupert Murdoch, Britain, News Corp.

The money well is running dry at BP

The company's $20 billion Gulf oil spill compensation fund is almost empty -- and there could be many more claims in the pipeline.
Posted In: BP, bp oil spill, deepwater horizon

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