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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Is this the end of the road for the internal combustion engine in the U.K.?

Dec 2, 2020
The nation banned the sale of new fossil-fueled cars starting in 2030. Enthusiasts, and the public, are not sure the electric revolution will be complete by then.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses in an electric taxi. His government has accelerated its plan to move the country to electric transportation.
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Will Biden give the U.K. a free trade deal?

Nov 16, 2020
President Donald Trump promised Britain a free trade deal after Brexit; Joe Biden's administration may be less forthcoming.
Britain may face a much harder task extracting a trade deal from Joe Biden's administration than Donald Trump's. Above, the president-elect speaks at a press conference on Nov. 9 in Wilmington, Delaware.
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London’s street performers face a crackdown

Nov 9, 2020
A local authority is proposing to curb street entertainment in the British capital. Performers say a vital visitor attraction — and historic part of London's culture — could be destroyed.
Folk singer David Fisher.
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Can plastic-eating bacteria help cut down on pollution?

Oct 26, 2020
British and American researchers have developed a “super-enzyme” to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of recycling of plastic waste.
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Lithium may fuel a mining revival in England's Cornwall

Oct 19, 2020
Tin mining in Cornwall ground to a halt more than 20 years ago. Now the county has discovered what may be a rich new source of underground wealth.
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No-deal Brexit? Yes, it's still possible

Oct 2, 2020
After struggling through the pandemic, British companies that trade with the EU face trouble without a free trade deal.
Talks between the U.K. and the European Union to work out a free trade deal by Oct. 15 have not gone smoothly. Above, an employee hangs a Union Jack at EU headquarters in Brussels in 2019.
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Agatha Christie mysteries are still raking in the cash a century on

Sep 28, 2020
The writer’s first detective novel was published 100 years ago in October. Her books still sell in the millions every year.
British mystery author Agatha Christie autographing French editions of her books, circa 1950.
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Britain risks trade deals with EU, U.S. with unilateral Brexit change

Sep 11, 2020
Northern Ireland border comes back as a stumbling block for British-EU relations.
Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, arrives with members of his team for more Brexit trade talks on Sept. 9, in London, England, as anti-Brexit protesters follow him.
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Angela Merkel’s economic legacy: strong growth, ailing infrastructure

Sep 8, 2020
As the German leader approaches the end of her long tenure in office, we assess her achievements and the challenges facing her country after her departure.
After 15 years as Germany's top leader, Angela Merkel is set to end her tenure next year.
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Greece no longer the “sick man of Europe,” emerging almost unscathed from COVID-19

Aug 27, 2020
In spite of a recent upsurge in cases of COVID-19, heavily indebted Greece has handled the pandemic more effectively than many of its European partners.
People enjoy a sunset on the Areopagus hill overlooking the ancient Acropolis in Athens in May.
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