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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Marina Kluchnikov reads to her youngest child, Sasha, 3, as husband Artyom Kluchnikov looks on and daughter Olenka, 11, reads a book of her own. With Russian troops amassed along Ukraine's border, they worry if an invasion could be imminent. Pete Kiehart for NPR hide caption

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Despite fears of a Russian invasion, one Ukrainian family tries to keep life normal

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Members of Ukraine's Territorial Defense Forces take part in a Saturday morning training outside Kyiv. New members who have not yet trained with the unit must begin with the basics, and wooden mock weapons, regardless of their experience level. Pete Kiehart for NPR hide caption

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Thousands of Ukrainians are training to protect their cities in case Russia invades

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Ukrainian civilians are inspired to train for a possible war with Russia

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France's nuclear power program sparks tensions with Germany over what is clean energy

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With Russian troops massed at the border, Ukrainians are preparing for a possible invasion

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The view from border city Kharkiv, Ukraine, as Russian troops appear ready to invade

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As Russia threatens its neighbor Ukraine, how are Ukrainians reacting?

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Around the world, what does it mean to be fully vaccinated?

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Ski resorts in France reopen. Vaccine passes and masks are required

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A look at how other parts of the world are dealing with omicron

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Holiday show celebrating Cole Porter is playing to packed (masked) houses in Paris

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COVID-19 surges are forcing countries around the world to adapt

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The Netherlands is under strict lockdown over Christmas and New Year

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Presidential race in France shaken up as far-right TV commentator launches campaign

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