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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 (2,311)

Voting begins to determine future of European Union

by Stephen Beard May 24, 2019
A clash between rival visions for the European Union serves as the backdrop for voters.
A trompe l'oeil shows two workers painting the European Union flag on the side of a building in the French capital Paris on May 23, 2019. - Europe kicked off voting across the continent in a contest in which rising populist forces are hoping to make significant gains, threatening closer EU integration.
JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit Party is on a roll in European election

by Stephen Beard May 23, 2019
Opinion polls suggest the new party is attracting wide support and is appealing to people of different political persuasions.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage addresses a European Parliament election campaign rally at Olympia London, west London, on May 21.
TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images

London taxi drivers hail “The Knowledge”

by Stephen Beard May 14, 2019
Black cab drivers in the British capital say their knowledge of the city gives them a big competitive edge over ride-share rivals.
Black cab drivers block Whitehall as they take part in a protest against Uber on Feb. 10, 2016, in London.
Carl Court/Getty Images

Is Britain's fast train project worth the investment?

by Stephen Beard May 6, 2019
Rocketing cost projections are scaring off some observers.
A "Stop HS2" sign posted on a tree.
Mimisse Beard

Harry and Meghan in the spotlight as royal baby awaited

by Stephen Beard May 1, 2019
What role for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex after their child is born?
Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk through the walled public Andalusian Gardens which has exotic plants, flowers and fruit trees during a visit on February 25, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco.
Facundo Arrizabalaga/Pool/Getty Images

Brexit touches German funny bone

by Stephen Beard Apr 19, 2019
Britain's handling of Brexit is seen as inept and funny by some Germans ... but not all.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel look at a tablet ahead of a European Council meeting on Brexit at the Europa Building at the European Parliament in Brussels on April 10.
KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
Brexit

The gym using Brexit as a motivational tool

by Stephen Beard Apr 5, 2019
"Brexercise" is a hit.
Brexit is the leading source of frustration in the U.K., says Gymbox's Rory McEntee. "We wanted to provide an outlet for all the pent-up emotion."
Courtesy of Gymbox
Brexit

The London choir singing out against Brexit

by Stephen Beard Apr 1, 2019
Raised Voices sings its opposition.
The Raised Voices political choir taking part in the anti-Brexit "People's Vote" rally in central London on March 23, 2019.
Mimisse Beard for Marketplace
Brexit

Brexit stands to hurt the rest of the EU, too

by Stephen Beard Mar 14, 2019
With the limelight on Britain, it's easy to lose sight of wider ramifications.
BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 26: European Union (L) and British Union Jack flags hang at a meeting for British citizens living in Germany to discuss the implications of Great Britain leaving the European Union, known popularly as Brexit, on May 26, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. On June 23, 2016, UK citizens will vote on a post-legislative referendum on the country's membership in the European Union. 
Adam Berry/Getty Images
Brexit

Could Brexit break Britain's ceramics industry?

by Stephen Beard Mar 12, 2019
Ceramics businesses in Stoke-on-Trent are fearful.
Earthenware from Stoke-on-Trent, the town where the British pottery business was born more than 300 years ago.
Courtesy of the British Ceramic Confederation