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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 (2,420)

World free trade talks

Jun 28, 2006
Government ministers gather in Geneva tomorrow for a last ditch effort to save the Doha round of global trade talks. If the talks fail, the economic consequences could be dire. Stephen Beard reports.

Airbus turbulence continues

Jun 28, 2006
European plane-maker Airbus has some explaining to do. Today the co-CEO at its parent company EADS went before French lawmakers. Stephen Beard reports.

Central banks urged to get tough on inflation

Jun 27, 2006
The world body that acts as a forum for central banks, the Bank for International Settlements, has called for higher interest rates around the world. Stephen Beard reports.

Steel deal: Arcelor gives in to Mittal

Jun 26, 2006
One of Europe's longest and most acrimonious takeover battles appears to be over. European steelmaker Arcelor has finally agreed to merge with the Indian-owned Mittal. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Hooligan travel ban seems to be working

Jun 23, 2006
England plays a do-or-die World Cup match against Ecuador this weekend, but as many as 3,000 die-hard English fans won't be able to attend the match in person. Stephen Beard has the story.

Another White House secret: SWIFT tracking

Jun 23, 2006
The Bush Administration has been secretly using a massive international banking database to track people it suspects of helping finance terrorism. Stephen Beard reports.

EU considers wine subsidies

Jun 22, 2006
For connoisseurs of government subsidy here's a new one to savor: The European Commission in Brussels wants to pay wine growers to rip up their vineyards. Stephen Beard explains.

Finally some good news for Airbus

Jun 21, 2006
The Dubai-based airline Emirates says it will not cancel its order for the new Airbus super jumbo A380. But the crisis over the new plane is deepening. Stephen Beard reports.

Did Greenspan fail us?

Jun 20, 2006
A group of fund managers and commentators is blaming former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan for current inflation fears that have been wreaking havoc on world markets. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

$30 billion telecom deal

Jun 19, 2006
Two of the world's biggest telecom equipment makers — Nokia of Finland and Siemens of Germany — are merging some manufacturing operations in a deal worth more than $30 billion. Stephen Beard reports.