Eleanor Beardsley Eleanor Beardsley is an NPR correspondent based in Paris, France.
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Eleanor Beardsley

Correspondent, Paris

Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in 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.

In France, Beardsley has covered three presidential elections including the surprising upset of outsider Emmanuel Macron in 2017. Less than two years later, Macron's presidency was severely tested by France's Yellow vest movement, which Beardsley followed closely.

Beardsley especially enjoys historical topics and has covered several anniversaries of the Normandy D-day invasion as well as the centennial of World War I.

In sports, Beardsley has followed the Tour de France cycling race, she covered the 2014 European soccer cup and she will follow the Women's World Soccer Cup held in France in June 2019.

Prior to moving to Paris, Beardsley worked for three years with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. She also worked as a television news producer for French broadcaster TF1 in Washington, DC, and as a staff assistant to South Carolina 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. "I love reporting on the French because there are so many stereotypes about them 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, South Carolina, 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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France Looks Ahead After The Devastating Fire At Notre Dame

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Yellow Vest Protestors In Paris Mix With Notre Dame Cathedral Mourners

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French President Macron Salutes Firefighters Who Saved Notre Dame

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Architecture Competition To Rebuild Notre Dame's Spire Is Announced

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Parisians Say They Are In Great Pain Over Fire Damage To Notre Dame Cathedral

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France's President Vows To Rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral

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Spire Of Notre Dame Collapses In Paris As Fire Engulfs Historic Cathedral

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After Decades In Power, Algeria's Ailing President Says He Will Step Down

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Chinese President Xi Jinping Meets With European Leaders To Talk Trade

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Just three crops — wheat, corn and rice — make up nearly 60 percent of the plant-based calories in most diets, according to a new report. Above, a farmer inspects a plant in her dry maize field on March 13 in Zimbabwe. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For A Healthier Planet, Eat These 50 Foods, Campaign Urges

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Protests Resume After Algerian President Delays Upcoming Elections

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French Couple Wants To Retrieve Their Grandkids From Syria, Needs Government Approval

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In this Feb. 20 photograph, a Nazi sign and words mocking the Holocaust were painted on a tombstone at the Garden of Remembrance in the cemetery in Champagne-au-Mont-d'Or, near Lyon, France. Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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To Counter Anti-Semitism, French Women Find Strength In Diversity At Auschwitz

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Hundreds Denounce Anti-Semitism Spike In France

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Will Macron's 'Great National Debate' Help Defuse France's Yellow Vest Unrest?

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