Eleanor Beardsley 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.
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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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French Singer Charles Aznavour Dies At 94

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The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, 100 Years Later

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The champagne grape harvest in northeastern France, like this one near Mailly-Champagne, started early this year due to lack of rain. Francois Nascimbeni/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Champagne Makers Bubble Over A Bumper Crop Caused By European Drought

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"It's one of the things which make me really happy, and if a musician offers me a beautiful melody I cannot resist," Françoise Hardy says. Benoit Peverelli/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Françoise Hardy Remains France's National Treasure

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Dairy farmer Dominique Rochat says the Swiss government's water deliveries have allowed him to keep his cows in the high mountains. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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High And Dry: Swiss Army Airlifts Water To Cows In Drought-Stricken Mountains

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Paris Tries To Control Rampant Public Urination With Sidewalk Urinals

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Off The Coast Of Normandy, Britain And France Are At War Over Scallops

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Didier Tass, behind the counter of his butcher shop, says he purchases meat from small farmers who raise cows and butcher them humanely and in small quantities. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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French Butchers Ask For Protection After Threats From Militant Vegans

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What France's World Cup Run Means For The Country's Minority Population

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Women Stage Their Own Tour De France On Same Route, With Tougher Conditions

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How A High Schooler Helped Reunite Twins 74 Years After Their World War II Deaths

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In The Shadow Of A Terrorist Attack, Rapper Is Targeted By France's Right Wing

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To Avoid EU Tariffs, Harley-Davidson Will Move Some Work Overseas

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