Stephen Beard

London Bureau Chief

SHORT BIO

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.

 

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Will British enterprise be a casualty of COVID-19?

Jul 1, 2020
Some fear that Britain’s massive state intervention to combat the economic effects of the pandemic could stifle the country’s entrepreneurial spirit.
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As Europe emerges from lockdown, drive-in movies spring up

Jun 22, 2020
Social distancing rules revive interest in an old American form of entertainment.
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As COVID-19 lockdown eases, Britain faces an unfamiliar threat: mass unemployment

Jun 17, 2020
Laid-off workers try to come to terms with a grueling new reality in what was once Europe’s most vibrant labor market.
A million jobs have been lost in the United Kingdom during the COVID-19 pandemic as people stayed home and practiced social distancing.
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British charities buckle under crisis as fundraising dries up

May 22, 2020
Britain weighs the economic cost if charities go bust.
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UK universities stand to lose billions if the pandemic keeps foreign students away

May 12, 2020
Hundreds of thousands of foreign students may not enroll at British schools in the next academic year.
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Britain’s warm relations with China cool over the coronavirus

May 11, 2020
The foreign minister has ruled out "business as usual" with Beijing.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center) gives a coronavirus press briefing in March. China's handling of the contagion has strained U.K.-China relations.
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Army of 3D printers battles Britain’s shortage of PPE

Apr 23, 2020
Machines churn out face visors for health workers running short of personal protection gear.
A nurse wears personal protective gear outside a London hospital. Activists with 3D printers are manufacturing items to address the U.K.'s shortage.
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Battered by Brexit, British companies now grapple with something worse

Apr 15, 2020
Two small British businesses — a cheese monger and a rivet maker — struggle to stay afloat in the coronavirus lockdown.
A passenger on the London Underground wears a surgical mask. The virus threat poses unprecedented problems for British businesses.
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Britain's textile industry gets an unexpected boost from COVID-19

Apr 13, 2020
After the coronavirus lockdown in China, British clothing retailers turn back to British manufacturers.
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Jobless Brits urged to "pick for Britain" as COVID-19 blocks foreign farmworkers

Apr 8, 2020
Students and the unemployed are asked to help harvest crops that could go to waste.
Dig For Victory, Allotments at Dulwich.
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