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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Brexit Among Reasons For Rising Real Estate Prices In France

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A vineyard worker drives a grape harvester tractor in the Bordeaux region of southwestern France, where climate change is raising new challenges for winemakers. Georges Gobet/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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What A Fight Between Airplane-Makers Means For French Wine

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Kamel Guemari is a manager of a McDonald's in a neighborhood in Marseille, France, that's known for crime and drug gangs. He has been leading an employee charge to save the restaurant, which has become a vital community anchor in an under-resourced immigrant neighborhood. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Save The .... McDonald's? One Franchise In France Has Become A Social Justice Cause

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'Sisters In Arms' Celebrates Women Kurdish Fighters In Anti-ISIS Fight

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Former French President Jacques Chirac, in a 2011 photo. Chirac was a fierce opponent of the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq. Francois Mori/AP hide caption

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Jacques Chirac, French President Who Opposed U.S. Iraq War, Is Dead At 86

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Former French President Jaques Chirac Dies At 86

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For 45 Years Deauville Festival Has Brought American Movies To France

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French Officials Boost Measles Vaccine Rates, Overcome Skeptics

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What The French Government Is Trying To Do About Domestic Violence

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Students chip and chisel away at heavy slabs of stone in the workshops of the Hector Guimard high school, less than three miles from Paris' Notre Dame cathedral. Eleanor Beardsley/NPR hide caption

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Notre Dame Fire Revives Demand For Skilled Stone Carvers In France

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U.S. Dominates The Netherlands To Win Women's World Cup Title

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U.S. Takes A Record 4 Women's World Cup Titles

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U.S. Women Head To World Cup Final After Beating England 2-1

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