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Brexit déjà vu

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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 (2,326)

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.
Stephen Beard/Marketplace

Post-Brexit trans-Atlantic trade deal faces obstacles

by Stephen Beard Sep 4, 2019
Animal welfare and human health care concerns could stymie a free trade deal between the U.S. and the U.K.
Then-British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump greet each other before a United Nations meeting in New York in 2017.
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Boris Johnson and Donald Trump: World leaders "cut from the same cloth?"

by Stephen Beard Aug 22, 2019
The president has warmly endorsed Britain’s new prime minister. But is this a match made in heaven, or a marriage of convenience?
Then-British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and U.S. President Donald Trump greet each other before a United Nations meeting in New York in 2017.
Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Trade showdown

As the U.S.-China trade war rages, an even bigger battle with Europe is brewing

by Stephen Beard Aug 12, 2019
Europe braces for renewed hostilities with the United States over import tariffs.
A worker fits a part to a wing of an Airbus passenger plane in Hamburg, Germany in 2017.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Why refugees make great entrepreneurs

by Stephen Beard Aug 7, 2019
The refugee entrepreneurs’ motives are often a mix of altruism and self-interest.
Migrants and refugees wait in the early hours in a tent outside the Central Registration Office for Asylum Seekers in 2015 in Berlin.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Brexit

How will Boris Johnson's pursuit of Brexit affect Britain's small businesses?

by Stephen Beard Jul 23, 2019
The hardline Brexit supporter is taking over as Britain's next prime minister. Not all business owners are impressed.
Boris Johnson poses outside the Conservative Leadership Headquarters on July 23, 2019 in London, England.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Europe’s economy wilts in one of the Continent’s hottest heat waves

by Stephen Beard Jul 11, 2019
Roads, railway tracks and other parts of Europe’s economic backbone buckle and crack under record temperatures.
A Berlin restaurant closed on June 30 due to the heat wave.
Adam Berry/Getty Images

British business seeks to cash in on carbon

by Stephen Beard Jul 8, 2019
British entrepreneurs scramble to make money from carbon emissions without causing further climate change.
Exhaust plumes from cooling towers at a coal-fired power station in Jaenschwalde, Germany.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images