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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

Move aside emerging markets, investors are now eyeing Europe

Investors have been shifting away from emerging markets, but where are they going instead? The answer may be Europe.
Posted In: U.S. investors, Euro zone, ECB, Greece, Germany

Who provides Syria's poison gas?

A number of European nations provided Syria with the materials needed to make its poison gas. Many of these materials have innocent uses, however. Even so, rules about exports are stricter now though than previously.
Posted In: syria, chemicals, poison

Vodafone and Verizon in talks over wireless sale

The time may be right for Verizon to purchase back British mobile giant Vodafone's stake in its wireless business.
Posted In: Verizon, Vodafone, mobile phone

Greece may need third bailout

Checking the financial health of the sick patient known as Greece.
Posted In: undefined

Worries that U.K. is rebooting the housing bubble

The British government is offering incentives to homebuyers but critics argue that the economy is recovering and they are not a good use of taxpayers' money.
Posted In: Housing, Britain

Intern's death prompts call for culture change in London's financial district

21-year-old Moritz Erhardt, an intern for Bank of America in London, collapsed and died this week after reportedly working extremely long hours to impress his bosses.
Posted In: intern, Bank of America, London

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

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