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Eleanor Beardsley is a correspondent based in Paris covering French society, politics, economics, culture and gastronomy for National Public Radio. She has been reporting for NPR from France since 2004.


Eleanor Beardsley giving a speech at Florida State University with a serious face and behind her is the Flag of the United States. Eleanor is wearing a necklace, earrings, a ring, eyeglasses on the top of her head, and a black blouse

«Maintenant, ce sont les Américains qui envient la France»

Early life

Eleanor Beardsley smiling with shoulder-length golden-blonde hair while wearing earrings and a white blouse under a beige coat

Beardsley was raised in Columbia, South Carolina where her father was a history professor at the University of South Carolina. She learned French from reading the Asterix comic books in French. Commentators including Rod Dreher have remarked on how unusual it is to hear a southern accent like Beardsley's coming from a national broadcaster. Ben Yagoda describes her pronunciation of, "lawl" (for law), as, "redolent of her native South Carolina."

Eleanor Beardsley and the man beside her are smiling and behind them is a board with Kiwanis honors' logos. Eleanor is wearing eyeglasses, a necklace, a purple and red ribbon scarf, and a black blouse under a beige coat with a name tag on the coat. The man beside her is wearing eyeglasses and a black shirt under a cream sweatshirt

She has a B.A. in French from Furman University.


Ulysse Gosset smiling with his son, Maxime, and wife, Eleanor Beardsley while holding ski poles during their ski vacation in the Alps, with trees and mountains in the background. Ulysse with a mustache and beard is wearing eyeglasses, a black and brown jacket, and black pants. Maxime is wearing black gloves, goggles, a black and brown jacket, and brown pants. Eleanor is wearing black gloves, goggles, a red jacket, and black pants

Beardsley worked on Senator Strom Thurmond's staff early in her career. In 2003 she was a spokesman for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo. Beardsley reported from Kosovo during the Kosovo War. She has covered the Arab Spring in Tunisia and presidential elections in France. She also covered the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015.

Eleanor Beardsley smiling while holding a microphone, with blonde shoulder-length hair, and a small board on the right side. Eleanor is wearing eyeglasses, a checkered scarf, and a yellow blouse under a brown coat


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