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)

Iran's answer: NO

Jun 1, 2006
The US has offered to hold talks with Iran about its nuclear program, but only if it promises to stop developing weapons-grade uranium first. Iran rejected the stipulation. Stephen Beard reports.

European markets cheer Paulson?

May 31, 2006
After yesterday's losses, European shares regained their poise this morning, and it may have something to do with Henry Paulson's nomination to become US Treasury Secretary. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

EU court strikes down US deal

May 30, 2006
A US law requiring airlines to provide detailed passenger information on international flights coming into the country has been ruled illegal by the European Court of Justice. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

EU court strikes down US deal

May 30, 2006
A US law requires airlines traveling to our country to provide detailed passenger information. But today, the European Court of Justice ruled the anti-terrorism measure is illegal. From London, Stephen Beard explains.

Waging economic war against Iran

May 29, 2006
The US is reportedly trying to gather allies to launch an all-out financial attack on Iran over its plans to enrich uranium. Iran continues to insist it has a right to nuclear technology. Stephen Beard reports.

Waging economic war against Iran

May 29, 2006
The White House is reported to be planning an all-out financial attack on Iran over its plans to enrich uranium. From London, Stephen Beard reports.

Even aspiring pop stars can telecommute

May 29, 2006
You might think the life of a young pop singer means long hours on the road between gigs, but Stephen Beard has the story of a once-struggling British singer who found fame courtesy of a Webcam.

Blair changes his tune . . . too late?

May 15, 2006
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is in trouble. His approval ratings have plummeted for a lot of reasons, including one that first got him elected nine years ago. Stephen Beard reports from London.

Drugmaker wins battle with animal rights group

May 10, 2006
Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline got an injunction against an animal rights group today, after it threatened to release personal information about its stockholders. Stephen Beard reports.

Organized crime steering the piracy ship

Apr 19, 2006
Making and selling counterfeit goods is no longer a cottage industry. And with huge profits on the table, organized criminal gangs from around the globe have moved in. Stephen Beard reports.