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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Aug 16 2017

Falling tree kills 12 at Catholic festival in Portugal

LISBON A tree toppled into a crowd of worshippers during a major Christian festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Tuesday, killing 12 people and leaving 50 injured, officials said. | Video

Jun 20 2017

Portugal's deadliest fire still rages after 63 people killed

PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal More than 1,000 firefighters were still battling Portugal's deadliest forest blaze on Monday after it killed dozens over the weekend, and a fireman died from his injuries in a hospital, bringing the death toll to at least 63. | Video

Jun 19 2017

Portuguese shocked at deadly forest fires, struggle to understand

PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal The most devastating Portuguese forest fire in decades has left locals in the town of Pedrogao Grande struggling to understand how 62 people died as they tried to flee the inferno.

Jun 19 2017

Portuguese shocked at deadly forest fires, struggle to understand

PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal The most devastating Portuguese forest fire in decades has left locals in the town of Pedrogao Grande struggling to understand how 62 people died as they tried to flee the inferno.

Jun 06 2017

Drug deaths on the rise in Europe for third year: report

LISBON Drug overdose deaths in Europe rose six percent to 8,441 in 2015, rising for the third consecutive year, driven by increasing use of synthetic opioids like fentanyl, Europe's Lisbon-based drug monitoring agency said on Tuesday.

May 31 2017

Snowden says democracy under threat by attacks on 'fake news'

LISBON Democracy and political legitimacy are increasingly under threat from attacks by politicians like U.S. President Donald Trump on "fake news" and free speech, former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told a conference on Tuesday.

May 31 2017

People smugglers make $35 bln a year on migrant crisis: IOM head

ESTORIL, Portugal People smugglers make about $35 billion a year worldwide and they are driving the tragedy of migrants who die trying to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe, the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) told Reuters on Wednesday.

May 29 2017

U.S. companies no longer know rules of game under Trump, Hasbro director says

CASCAIS, Portugal Confusion surrounding the trade policies of U.S. President Donald Trump's administration means U.S. companies no longer know the rules of the game, a board member and former CEO of toymaker Hasbro told an international conference on Monday.

May 24 2017

Exclusive: Portugal says economy growing faster than forecast

LISBON Portuguese economic growth is outpacing the official forecast, fueled by exports and investment, and is set to reach more than 3 percent in the second quarter and more than 2 percent for the whole of 2017, the finance minister said on Wednesday.

May 24 2017

EXCLUSIVE-Portugal says economy growing faster than forecast

LISBON, May 24 Portugal's economy is outpacing the official growth forecast, fuelled by exports and investment, and is set to reach more than 3 percent in the second quarter and more than 2 percent for the whole of 2017, the finance minister said on Wednesday.

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