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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Josephine Baker to become first Black woman inducted into France's Pantheon

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With COVID case rates in Europe rising, some countries are bringing back restrictions

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Tunisia is seeing political changes, and some fear it may be a path to dictatorship

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Tunisia's President Saied makes moves to become more powerful

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Tunisian president appoints first female prime minster

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Most Tunisians support the president, despite his power grab

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How a spike in gas prices is giving Putin influence over Europe's energy supply

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French Catholic clergy abused hundreds of thousands of children, report finds

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Tunisia's New Prime Minister Is The First Woman To Hold The Role In An Arab Country

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Watching For France's Next Move Following The U.S.-Australia Submarine Deal

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Perfume flower grower Pierre Chiarla picks jasmine flowers in his field in Grasse, France. Bénédicte Desrus for NPR hide caption

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In France's Perfume Capital Of The World, There's A World Of Beautiful Fragrance

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Back in June at the G-7 summit in England, French President Emmanuel Macron (center, right) and President Biden appeared to be getting along fine. They spoke Wednesday after a rift that began with a new security alliance. Leon Neal/AP hide caption

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Sick Of Tanneries' Stench Centuries Ago, A French Town Began Making Perfume. It Stuck

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Colette Maze, now 107, began playing the piano at age 5 and defied the social conventions of her day to embrace it as a profession rather than as a pastime. Her son first arranged for her performances to be recorded when she was in her 90s. She has just released her sixth album. Family photo; Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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This French Pianist Has Been Playing For 102 Years And Just Released A New Album

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