Stephen Beard

London Bureau Chief


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 (2,350)

Airbus caught up in turbulence

Jun 16, 2006
With the sale date of its super-jumbo A380 plane pushed back and its stock price tumbling, the aircraft manufacturer is now struggling with internal politics that have come into the open. Stephen Beard reports.

Follow the bouncing market

Jun 16, 2006
Wall Street's new found optimism turned out to be contagious. After yesterday's sharp rally in New York, European stock markets all opened higher this morning. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

EU looking to end energy addition

Jun 15, 2006
The US is addicted to oil, the President says. But the European Union is looking for ways to kick the addiction. Stephen Beard reports from London.

Airbus shares plummet

Jun 14, 2006
Shares for European airplane maker Airbus fell sharply today. Driving the nosedive was news of yet another delay in the delivery of its A-380 super jumbo jet. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Russian oil IPO

Jun 13, 2006
Russia has revealed details of what could be one of the biggest IPOs in history. The Kremlin is preparing to float shares in the oil giant Rosneft on the London Stock exchange. Stephen Beard reports.

Is Venice doomed to go under?

Jun 12, 2006
Billions have been spent to save Venice from sinking into the sea. Now there's debate about whether it's worth all that money to save the storied city. Stephen Beard reports.

Is Venice doomed?

Jun 12, 2006
Billions have been spent to save Venice from sinking into the sea. Now there's debate about whether too much money is going toward saving the storied city. Stephen Beard reports.

But can it get rid of the lampshade?

Jun 9, 2006
A French company is looking to bring to the United States its purported hangover cure. Stephen Beard reports on the product's claims . . . and its limitations.

Hangover cure on the way

Jun 9, 2006
A French court has lifted the country's ban on a hangover cure said to work by quickly removing alcohol from the bloodstream. Now the makers of Security Feel Better are eager to step up sales. Stephen Beard reports.

Interest rates are rising, commodities falling

Jun 8, 2006
The Fed's not the only one worried about inflation. Seven central banks raised short-term interest rates this week. Those jitters are shaking confidence in commodities too. Stephen Beard reports from London.