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 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 traveled 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 win by 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 closely covered the Women's World Soccer Cup held in France in June 2019 (and won by Team USA!) and regularly follows the Tour de France cycling race.

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, D.C., and as a staff assistant to South Carolina Sen. 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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Blocking climate migration becomes a winning platform for far-right political parties

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The man who inspired "The Terminal" died at the airport where he lived for 18 years

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France-Italy row could further disrupt the EU's already erratic handling of migrants

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A man with an arm injury and in need of urgent medical care, right, waves to fellow migrants before he is flown by helicopter by the French Army from the Ocean Viking rescue ship on Thursday. French authorities evacuated several migrants from the ship ahead of the ship docking in Toulon on Friday. Vincenzo Circosta/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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There's a lesser-known casualty of the energy crisis in Europe — fertilizer

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EU mandate for a single universal charger could become world standard

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Why French cities are refusing to show World Cup games on giant public screens

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Asher and David Cherkaskyi, Ukrainian Orthodox Jews who are father and son and have both been on the front lines in Ukraine's fight against Russian occupation, in Dnipro in July. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Jewish Ukrainian father and son soldiers mark holy days under cloud of Russia's war

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Staff and volunteers load a camel into a vehicle to be evacuated from Feldman Ecopark in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on May 4. The zoo has been shelled repeatedly during the Russian invasion. At least five staff or volunteers were killed and nearly 100 animals at the zoo died as of April. Carol Guzy for NPR hide caption

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Dodging Russian bombs, these volunteers risk it all to save Ukraine's animals

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From Windsor, a view of Queen Elizabeth II's funeral

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Final chapter of remembrance: Queen Elizabeth will interred at Windsor Castle

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EU ministers will meet to discuss Russia's natural gas disruptions

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These groups are working to help the animals affected by the war in Ukraine

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The government in France is urging energy conservation to avoid rationing

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