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.

 

Latest Stories (2,404)

Trump-era export tariffs are still rattling British steelmakers

Jan 19, 2022
President Biden lifted a 25% tariff from European Union steel, but British steelmakers complain that they’re being unfairly penalized.
Then-President Donald Trump poses with the 2018 steel import proclamation, which added a 25% tariff on imported steel. President Joe Biden has lifted the tariff for countries in the European Union but not for the United Kingdom.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Could nuclear fusion solve the climate crisis?

Jan 10, 2022
A small British company says it is on track to decarbonize the economy with an abundant, safe and cheap source of energy — eventually.
Tokamak's latest nuclear fusion reactor, the ST40, which emulates the way stars generate energy, CEO Chris Kelsall says.
Photo courtesy Tokamak Energy

Outsider trading: A year after Brexit, how 5 small UK companies have fared

Jan 5, 2022
Small British exporters reflect on their first full year of doing business as non-EU members. How do they feel about Brexit now?
Scarves depict the British and European Union flags. Exporters in different industries have had varied experiences with the new conditions of cross-border trade.
John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

UK government aids battered hospitality businesses, but is it enough?

Dec 30, 2021
Hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs suffered in December, normally a strong season, due to the pandemic and may need more help.
Bars and restaurants in London were fairly quiet during the normally festive end of December, largely because the coronavirus kept people at home.
Chris J. Ratcliffe via Getty Images

Will Brexit turn the U.K. into a hub for the trade in looted antiquities?

Dec 28, 2021
In its drive to rid itself of certain EU laws, Britain might encourage the trafficking of stolen cultural artifacts.
The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet, a 3,500-year-old cuneiform clay tablet, is seen at a Washington, D.C., repatriation ceremony in September. The tablet was looted from Iraq and trafficked in the United Kingdom.
Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Will Brits embrace economic recovery under the mistletoe this Christmas?

Dec 13, 2021
Some say the return of the U.K.’s only annual mistletoe auction heralds the beginning of the end of COVID-induced social distancing.
Mistletoe consultant Jonathan Briggs surrounded by his beloved berries. "It's not surprising it was seen as something magical," he said.
Mimisse Beard

The U.K. aspires to become the "Qatar of hydrogen"

Nov 30, 2021
British prime minister Boris Johnson pledges to turn the U.K. into a leading producer of carbon-free hydrogen to cash in on a global boom.
Building an electrolyzer, the machine splits hydrogen from oxygen creating what some regard as the "dream, green fuel."
Courtesy of ITM Power

"Champing," or camping in a church, is a new U.K. travel trend

Nov 4, 2021
A British church conservation charity is renting out space among the pews for vacationers to bed down for the night.
St. Mary the Virgin Church, located in Edlesborough, England, is now a place for “champers.”
Courtesy of Joseph Casey

As world leaders tackle emissions at COP26, Glasgow battles rats

Oct 29, 2021
As Scotland’s most populous city prepares to host the latest U.N. Climate Change summit, some local politicians fret about the global spotlight falling on their city’s alleged lack of cleanliness.
Mounds of rubbish dumped underneath the M8 motorway on Aug. 19, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Fly-tippers have been discarding refuge under a motorway flyover including construction waste, window frames, bath tubs and general household trash.
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Aero engine-maker Rolls-Royce prepares to take off after grounding by COVID

Oct 13, 2021
How a British manufacturer is hoping for a major boost from U.S. bombers, Australian submarines and mini nuclear reactors.
Workers stand next to a Rolls-Royce aircraft engine on a passenger plane at Tokyo's Haneda airport in January. The British company secured a $2.5 billion deal to supply 650 engines for the U.S. Air Force’s B52 bombers.
Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images