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

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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Monday

After 2 delays, Israel is about to hold first municipal elections since the war began

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Sunday

In the West Bank, U.S. sanctions on Israeli settlers are having an impact

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Tuesday

Israeli protesters blame their government for not doing more to free hostages in Gaza

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Friday

Israeli forces take over southern Gaza's largest hospital

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Wednesday

Three decades later, the French movie 'La Haine' is being turned into a musical

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Tuesday

Some Paris suburbs may get an upgrade thanks to this summer's Olympic Games

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Friday

An effort to reduce congestion in the streets of Paris goes before voters on Sunday

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Thursday

From left, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, Estonia's Prime Minister Kaja Kallas and European Council President Charles Michel arrive to a round table meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday. "Ukraine is our priority and this agreement will give the credibility, legitimacy and the predictability that is expected from us," Metsola said. Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP hide caption

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Tuesday

The Hand in Hand Jerusalem school principal Efrat Meyer, who is Jewish, and vice principal Engie Wattad, who is Arab Muslim, are longtime colleagues and friends. The school is mixed and bilingual. Ayman Oghanna for NPR hide caption

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A school in Jerusalem brings Arab and Jewish kids together to boost understanding

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Thursday

What to know about France's young Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, who's causing a stir

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Wednesday

Israel's government is encouraging gun ownership by loosening the rules

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Sunday

Inside a rare Jerusalem school where Israelis and Palestinians go to class together

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Monday

Visitors walk by as construction is afoot at Guédelon castle, in France's northern Burgundy region, where builders and crafts people are using tools and methods from the Middle Ages. Cristina Baussan for NPR hide caption

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Building a New Castle the 13th Century Way

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Saturday

Palestinian farmers Naser El Khatib and Thaer El Taher stand on land filled with their olive trees at the edge of Beitunia, across from an area controlled by Israel in the occupied West Bank, on Dec. 2. Tamir Kalifa for NPR hide caption

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In the West Bank, Palestinian olive farmers fear for the worst in this year's harvest

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Thursday

French Parliament passes controversial immigration bill as EU also agrees to reforms

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Tuesday

How Arab-Jewish communities are coping with the war in Gaza

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Sunday

Palestinian farmers in the West Bank say Israel is blocking access to their harvests

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Tuesday

Paris is cleaning up the Seine River in preparation for the 2024 Olympics

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Sunday

Saturday

The latest from Israel: Bombing in areas packed with displaced Gazans

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Wednesday

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Israeli men, armed with U.S.-made M16 automatic assault rifles, walk in a shopping center in Jerusalem on Oct. 25, amid the ongoing battles in the Gaza Strip between Israel and Hamas. Yuri Cortez/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Israel is trying to arm more citizens with guns since the Hamas attack

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Monday

Gazans who fled Northern Gaza say they're running out of places to flee to

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Sunday

Israel intensifies its offensive on Gaza with no signs of another truce

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