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Stephen Beard

London Bureau Chief

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Based in London, Stephen Beard reports for the entire Marketplace portfolio providing 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.

Stephen 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.

Stephen 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.

Stephen is a graduate of the University of Leeds, with an honors degree in Law. When Stephen isn’t 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.

 

Latest Stories from Stephen (2,315)

Could Italy dump the euro for the "mini-BOT"?

by Stephen Beard Jun 17, 2019
Could a proposed Italian government bond turn into a parallel currency ... and replace the euro?
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini delivers a speech during a rally of European nationalists ahead of European elections on May 18 in Milan.
Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Church of England crusades against climate change

by Stephen Beard Jun 13, 2019
The church is flexing its financial muscle in a bid to curb carbon emissions.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Brexit looms over U.K. economy as Theresa May steps aside

by Stephen Beard Jun 6, 2019
Economists blame Brexit for low productivity
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for a European Union (EU) summit at EU Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019.
Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

EU Parliament Elections wrap up in mixed fashion

by Molly Wood, Stephen Beard, and Daniel Shin May 27, 2019
While Americans enjoyed a longer weekend thanks to Memorial Day, voters in the European Union just wrapped up parliamentary elections in several countries, including Britain, Germany, Italy and France. Nationalist and populist parties have been on the rise. And pro-Europe…
SINA SCHULDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Voting begins to determine future of European Union

by Stephen Beard May 24, 2019
A clash between rival visions for the European Union serves as the backdrop for voters.
A trompe l'oeil shows two workers painting the European Union flag on the side of a building in the French capital Paris on May 23, 2019. - Europe kicked off voting across the continent in a contest in which rising populist forces are hoping to make significant gains, threatening closer EU integration.
JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit Party is on a roll in European election

by Stephen Beard May 23, 2019
Opinion polls suggest the new party is attracting wide support and is appealing to people of different political persuasions.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage addresses a European Parliament election campaign rally at Olympia London, west London, on May 21.
TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

London taxi drivers hail “The Knowledge”

by Stephen Beard May 14, 2019
Black cab drivers in the British capital say their knowledge of the city gives them a big competitive edge over ride-share rivals.
Black cab drivers block Whitehall as they take part in a protest against Uber on Feb. 10, 2016, in London.
Carl Court/Getty Images

Is Britain's fast train project worth the investment?

by Stephen Beard May 6, 2019
Rocketing cost projections are scaring off some observers.
A "Stop HS2" sign posted on a tree.
Mimisse Beard

Harry and Meghan in the spotlight as royal baby awaited

by Stephen Beard May 1, 2019
What role for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their child is born?
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk through the walled public Andalusian Gardens which has exotic plants, flowers and fruit trees during a visit on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco.
Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool/Getty Images

Brexit touches German funny bone

by Stephen Beard Apr 19, 2019
Britain's handling of Brexit is seen as inept and funny by some Germans ... but not all.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look at a tablet ahead of a European Council meeting on Brexit at the Europa Building at the European Parliament in Brussels on April 10.
KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images

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