Eleanor Beardsley

Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in June 2004, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture and gastronomy.

Beardsley has covered both 2007 and 2012 French presidential elections as well as the Arab Spring in Tunisia, where she witnessed the overthrow of the autocratic President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. She reported on the riots in French suburbs in 2005 and the massive student demonstrations in 2006. Beardsley has followed the Tour de France cycling race and been back to her old stomping ground — Kosovo — to report for NPR on three separate occasions.

Prior to moving to Paris, Beardsley worked for three years with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. She also worked as a television producer for French broadcaster TF1 in Washington, DC and as a staff assistant to Senator Strom Thurmond.

Reporting from France for Beardsley is the fulfillment of a lifelong passion for the French language and culture. At the age of 10 she began learning French by reading the Asterix The Gaul comic book series with her father.

While she came to the field of radio journalism relatively late in her career, Beardsley says her varied background, studies and travels prepared her for the job as well as any journalism school. "I love reporting on the French because there are so many stereotypes about them that exist in America," she says. "Sometimes it's fun to dispel the false notions and show a different side of the French. And sometimes the old stereotypes do hold up. But whether Americans love or hate France and the French, they're always interested!"

A native of South Carolina, Beardsley has a Bachelor of Arts in European history and French from Furman University in Greenville, S.C., and a Masters Degree in International Business from the University of South Carolina.

Beardsley is interested in politics, travel and observing foreign cultures. Her favorite cities are Paris and Istanbul.

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3:36pm

Fri January 9, 2015
Europe

France Hostage Crises End After Chaotic Day

Originally published on Mon January 12, 2015 4:06 pm

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11:48am

Fri January 9, 2015
News

In France, Simultaneous Standoffs Erupt In Violence

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3:16pm

Thu January 8, 2015
Europe

France Mobilizes 88,000 Police, Soldiers In Manhunt

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 5:29 pm

French police are still searching for the gunmen who killed 12 people in Wednesday's attack on the Charlie Ebdo publication in Paris. They also investigated what appears to have been a second attack on Thursday, in which two police officers were shot — one fatally.

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3:24pm

Wed January 7, 2015
Europe

French Government Organizes Massive Manhunt To Find Gunmen

Originally published on Wed January 7, 2015 5:17 pm

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2:27am

Fri January 2, 2015
All Tech Considered

Why Buy When You Can Borrow? App Connects People And Stuff

Originally published on Fri January 2, 2015 12:41 pm

Peerby allows people to share their stuff through a mobile app for free.
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