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Flight shame gives way to the night train

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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 (2,329)

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.
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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

With Ford plant set to close, Welsh town braces for impact

by Stephen Beard Jun 27, 2019
Ford’s plan to close a 40-year-old engine factory at Bridgend, South Wales has angered and alarmed the local community.
A Ford drives past the Ford Engine plant, which is set to close in fall of 2020, on June 7 in Bridgend, Wales.
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Could Italy dump the euro for the "mini-BOT"?

by Stephen Beard Jun 17, 2019
Could a proposed Italian government bond turn into a parallel currency ... and replace the euro?
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini delivers a speech during a rally of European nationalists ahead of European elections on May 18 in Milan.
Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

Church of England crusades against climate change

by Stephen Beard Jun 13, 2019
The church is flexing its financial muscle in a bid to curb carbon emissions.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Brexit looms over U.K. economy as Theresa May steps aside

by Stephen Beard Jun 6, 2019
Economists blame Brexit for low productivity
Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May arrives for a European Union (EU) summit at EU Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019.
Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

EU Parliament Elections wrap up in mixed fashion

by Molly Wood, Stephen Beard, and Daniel Shin May 27, 2019
While Americans enjoyed a longer weekend thanks to Memorial Day, voters in the European Union just wrapped up parliamentary elections in several countries, including Britain, Germany, Italy and France. Nationalist and populist parties have been on the rise. And pro-Europe…
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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.
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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.
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