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 Has 1 Of The Highest Rates Of Vaccine Skepticism

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A photo shows seats with stickers to respect social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the Theatre de l'Archeveche in Aix-en-Provence, southern France, on July 23, 2020. Clement Mahoudeau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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In France, Performing Artists Are Guaranteed Unemployment Income

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A nurse prepares to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Dr. Jean-Christophe Richard in La Croix-Rousse hospital, in Lyon, France, on Wednesday. Amid public outcry, France's health minister promised Tuesday an "exponential" acceleration of his country's slow coronavirus vaccination process. Laurent Cipriani/AP hide caption

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French Government Is Criticized For Slow Rollout Of COVID-19 Vaccine

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France's Seine River Is A Place Of Solace During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Brexit Agreement Moves To British, EU Parliaments For Approval

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Fishermen unload and sort the day's catch from the fishing boat Laurent-Geoffrey at Quai Gambetta in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. Pete Kiehart for NPR hide caption

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Brexit: French Fishermen Worry What A Trade Deal May Mean For Them

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France Allows In Trucks From England But Drivers Must Take COVID-19 Test

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Importers Struggle To Cross English Channel Amid Brexit, Pandemic Restrictions

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France Withdraws Controversial Police Bill After Protests

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Interpol Warns Of Criminal Activities Related To Coronavirus Vaccines

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Protesters Across France Demonstrate Against Security Bill

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This video grab taken on Thursday from an AFP video shows CCTV camera footage, widely distributed on social networks, shows producer Michel Zecler being beaten up by police officers at the entrance of a music studio in the 17th arrondissement of Paris on Nov. 21. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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