Stephen Beard

London Bureau Chief


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 (2,415)

Another White House secret: SWIFT tracking

Jun 23, 2006
The Bush Administration has been secretly using a massive international banking database to track people it suspects of helping finance terrorism. Stephen Beard reports.

EU considers wine subsidies

Jun 22, 2006
For connoisseurs of government subsidy here's a new one to savor: The European Commission in Brussels wants to pay wine growers to rip up their vineyards. Stephen Beard explains.

Finally some good news for Airbus

Jun 21, 2006
The Dubai-based airline Emirates says it will not cancel its order for the new Airbus super jumbo A380. But the crisis over the new plane is deepening. Stephen Beard reports.

Did Greenspan fail us?

Jun 20, 2006
A group of fund managers and commentators is blaming former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan for current inflation fears that have been wreaking havoc on world markets. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

$30 billion telecom deal

Jun 19, 2006
Two of the world's biggest telecom equipment makers — Nokia of Finland and Siemens of Germany — are merging some manufacturing operations in a deal worth more than $30 billion. Stephen Beard reports.

Airbus caught up in turbulence

Jun 16, 2006
With the sale date of its super-jumbo A380 plane pushed back and its stock price tumbling, the aircraft manufacturer is now struggling with internal politics that have come into the open. Stephen Beard reports.

Follow the bouncing market

Jun 16, 2006
Wall Street's new found optimism turned out to be contagious. After yesterday's sharp rally in New York, European stock markets all opened higher this morning. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

EU looking to end energy addition

Jun 15, 2006
The US is addicted to oil, the President says. But the European Union is looking for ways to kick the addiction. Stephen Beard reports from London.

Airbus shares plummet

Jun 14, 2006
Shares for European airplane maker Airbus fell sharply today. Driving the nosedive was news of yet another delay in the delivery of its A-380 super jumbo jet. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Russian oil IPO

Jun 13, 2006
Russia has revealed details of what could be one of the biggest IPOs in history. The Kremlin is preparing to float shares in the oil giant Rosneft on the London Stock exchange. Stephen Beard reports.