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 (2,397)

"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.
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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.
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The thermal spy in the sky that could help combat climate change

Sep 29, 2021
A small British company is launching satellites that can check up on your household carbon emissions.
Above, an infrared thermal imaging satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology. A satellite of this type is under construction for Satellite Vu.
Surrey Satellite Technology

Has Brexit boosted London’s financial center?

Sep 22, 2021
British financial services exports to the EU rose in the first few months after the U.K. left the bloc.
The City of London financial district. Data from the first quarter after Brexit took effect shows a small increase in the U.K.'s financial exports to the European Union.
Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Images

Can Germany – Europe’s biggest carbon polluter – clean up its act?

Sep 15, 2021
Germany has pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2045. Is that achievable?
Steam and exhaust rise from the chemical company and coking plant in Oberhausen, Germany in January 2017.
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How gung-ho are the Brits about cutting their carbon emissions?

Sep 2, 2021
At the COP26 climate change summit, the British government will call on the world to decarbonize, but are Brits ready to follow their leaders?
A sign warns of flooding in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, western England, on Feb. 20, 2020.
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EU student exodus may not hurt British universities after all

Aug 11, 2021
Fewer EU students in the U.K. may bring some financial benefits to British universities but it raises some political concerns, too.
EU applicants to U.K. schools have dropped dramatically following Brexit and a steep rise in tuition fees. Above, a student walks on the University of Glasgow campus in Scotland in September 2020.
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Facing the electric vehicle era, Brits grow nostalgic about fossil-fueled cars

Aug 9, 2021
One of the hottest new attractions this summer is a car museum that offers visitors the chance to relive their petrol-driven past.
The Morris Minor, launched in 1948, was the first British car to sell more than 1 million units.
Stephen Beard

London’s financial center, “the City,” prepares for bigger global role after Brexit

Jul 28, 2021
Brits widen their horizons as hopes dwindle that the U.K. will have unfettered access to the EU's financial services market.
A pedestrian passes the skyscraper informally known as the Gherkin in London's financial district, which seeks to extend its international business ties.
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