Eleanor Beardsley
NPR

Eleanor Beardsley

Correspondent, Paris

Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in June 2004 as a freelance journalist, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture, and gastronomy. Since then, she has steadily worked her way to becoming an integral part of the NPR Europe reporting team.

Beardsley has been an active part of NPR's coverage of the two waves of terrorist attacks in Paris and in Brussels. She has also followed the migrant crisis, traveling to meet and report on arriving refugees in Hungary, Austria, Germany, Sweden, and France. She has also travelled to Ukraine, including the flashpoint eastern city of Donetsk, to report on the war there, and to Athens, to follow the Greek debt crisis.

In 2011 Beardsley covered the first Arab Spring revolution in Tunisia, where she witnessed the overthrow of the autocratic President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. Since then she has returned to the North African country many times to follow its progress on the road to democracy.

In France, Beardsley covered both 2007 and 2012 French presidential elections. She also 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 Gallic character. 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 master's 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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Police patrol traffic in Paris as part of new anti-pollution measures aimed at punishing vehicles registered before 1997 that are forbidden to be driven during the week. Nearly 30 police officers stood guard on the morning of July 1, in the main squares of Paris to control and raise awareness among the drivers about the new measures. FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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To Fight Pollution, Paris Imposes Weekday Ban On Old Cars

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Mistafa Fanouni was the target of one of the more than 3,500 house raids that French police have carried out across the country since last November. After the raid, Fanouni was placed under house arrest until a court ruled in his favor to lift the arrest in February. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Sweeping Raids In France Raise Concerns About Civil Liberties

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After Brexit, 28 Bloc EU Summit Charged With Emotion

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EU Leaders Deliver Tough Message To David Cameron At Post-Brexit Summit

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EU Leaders To Meet At Emergency Summit To Discuss 'Brexit' Next Steps

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Right-Wing Leaders In Europe Hail United Kingdom's Vote To Leave EU

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After Violence, Security Upped At European Soccer Championship Matches

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French Investigators Probe Deadly Attack On 2 Police Officers

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Multiple Concerns Bog Down European Soccer Championship Host

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Racism Allegations Embroil French Soccer Team In Controversy

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France Faces Multiple Challenges Of Floods, Strikes And Now Soccer

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Heavy Rains In Paris Push Seine River Past Its Banks

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France Prepares For Travel Mayhem As Transport Unions Join Protests

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