Eleanor Beardsley

Eleanor Beardsley began reporting from France for NPR in June 2004, following all aspects of French society, politics, economics, culture and gastronomy.

Beardsley has covered both 2007 and 2012 French presidential elections as well as the Arab Spring in Tunisia, where she witnessed the overthrow of the autocratic President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. She reported on the riots in French suburbs in 2005 and the massive student demonstrations in 2006. Beardsley has followed the Tour de France cycling race and been back to her old stomping ground — Kosovo — to report for NPR on three separate occasions.

Prior to moving to Paris, Beardsley worked for three years with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. She also worked as a television producer for French broadcaster TF1 in Washington, DC and as a staff assistant to 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 as well as any journalism school. "I love reporting on the French because there are so many stereotypes about them that exist in America," she says. "Sometimes it's fun to dispel the false notions and show a different side of the French. 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, S.C., and a Masters 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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5:06 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Prime Minister Says France Faces 'Unprecedented Terrorist Threat'

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Fri April 3, 2015

New Evidence Supports Theory That Lubitz Purposely Crashed Plane

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5:46 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Lufthansa Says Co-Pilot Suffered From Depression During Training

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 9:00 pm

Speculation about the mental state of the Germanwings co-pilot who crashed his plane in the French Alps a week ago has focused attention on airline industry practices and questions of medical confidentiality.

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6:46 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Recovery Efforts Continue For Victims of Germanwings Crash

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5:09 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

After Apartment Search, German Investigators Say Co-Pilot Hid An Illness

Originally published on Sat March 28, 2015 1:06 pm

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