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Stephen Beard

London Bureau Chief

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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 from Stephen (2,333)

Britain’s general election: a choice between starkly contrasting economic visions

by Stephen Beard Dec 11, 2019
Two radically different plans are up for consideration in Thursday’s general election.
Brexit once again looms large in the UK general election.
Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

Could fruit-picking robots solve the labor shortage on British farms?

by Stephen Beard Dec 10, 2019
Brexit has led to a dearth of seasonal migrant workers in the United Kingdom. Robo pickers could plug the gap.
Rubion, a strawberry-picking robot from Belgium.
Octinion

U.K.’s Crossrail delay threatens small businesses along the line

by Stephen Beard Nov 25, 2019
The delayed arrival of Europe’s biggest infrastructure project — an east-west rail line across London — has hit small businesses located along the route.
A worker looks along a train tunnel at the Canary Wharf Crossrail station in London in 2017.
Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images

The sun finally shines on one of the world’s most northerly vineyards — because of climate change

by Stephen Beard Nov 22, 2019
Higher temperatures have transformed the fortunes of the English wine industry, including Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire.
Climate change is credited with improving winemaking conditions to Northern England.
Andreas Rentz/Getty Images
Fall of the Berlin Wall

East Germany still reeling from the economic aftermath of the Berlin Wall

by Stephen Beard Nov 8, 2019
Many Eastern Germans celebrate freedom but mourn the loss of economic security.
A couple attempts to peek through cracks in a still-existing section of the Berlin Wall into the so-called 'death strip,' where East German border guards had the order to shoot anyone attempting to flee into West Berlin.
Carsten Koall/Getty Images
Fall of the Berlin Wall

Itemizing Germany's $2 trillion bill for reunification

by Stephen Beard Nov 5, 2019
After the Berlin Wall came down, the German government poured billions in to the Eastern states. Was the money well spent?
People walk past a section of the former Berlin Wall called the East Side Gallery in 2010, marking the 20th anniversary of reunification in Berlin.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Fall of the Berlin Wall

30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Germany recalls the economic gulf between East and West

by Stephen Beard Nov 4, 2019
In 1989, Germany was divided by much more than a concrete wall: West and East were separated by stark economic differences.
West Berliners crowd in front of the Berlin Wall early Nov. 11, 1989, as they watch East German border guards demolishing a section of the wall between East and West Berlin.
Gerard Malie/AFP via Getty Images
Brexit

Brexit deal wins few friends in Northern Ireland

by Stephen Beard Oct 17, 2019
The latest deal on Britain’s departure from the European Union fails to soothe economic concerns in Northern Ireland.
Derrylin, Northern Ireland, at the border with the Irish Republic.
Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

A new jet fuel offers the prospect of no-carbon, “guilt-free” flying

by Stephen Beard Oct 10, 2019
A pilot project in Rotterdam is testing the viability of a fuel made out of air that would cut an aircraft’s emissions to zero.
A group of companies is testing the viability of a “no-carbon” jet fuel at the Hague Airport. Above, a plane flies over Germany in 2018.
Silas Stein/DPA/AFP via Getty Images

Could the future of farming lie below ground?

by Stephen Beard Sep 9, 2019
Growing Underground, an English startup, is focused on sustainable and intensive crop production in a former air raid shelter in London.
Steve Dring, co-founder of Growing Underground.
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