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.


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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.

Al-Zarqawi death drops oil prices

Jun 8, 2006
Oil prices dropped below $70 a barrel today after US-led airstrike yesterday killed al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq. Oil exports there have been the constant target of sabotage. Stephen Beard reports.

Chirac wants German Euronext deal

Jun 7, 2006
French President Jacques Chirac has pooh-poohed the American takeover of Paris-based stock exchange operator Euronext. Chiraq says he'd prefer a merger with the Germans. Stephen Beard reports.

More regulations, please

Jun 6, 2006
Business doesn't usually line up to ask for more regulation, but a group of senior British executives is demanding stricter curbs on carbon dioxide emissions. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Bidding for Europe's growing airport business

Jun 5, 2006
The battle to take over one of Europe's largest airport operators is lifting off. A large Australian bank has joined a consortium led by Goldman Sachs and is poised to make a bid. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

A hedge fund pandemic?

Jun 2, 2006
Hedge funds are dangerous, more of a threat to the world's economy than a bird flu pandemic. That's a new warning from the European Central Bank. Stephen Beard reports.