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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

Sep 27 2017

Venezuela craft brewers rare bright spot in crisis economy

CARACAS With Venezuela's economic crisis leaving consumers struggling to buy basic staple foods, small Caracas brewery Social Club might seem out of place selling craft beer that costs per bottle what a worker earning the minimum wage makes in two days. | Video

Sep 05 2017

Venezuelan opposition pins hopes on elections as protests falter

CARACAS Venezuela's opposition is shifting its focus to forthcoming state elections as protests aimed at ousting President Nicolas Maduro have subsided following the installation of an all-powerful, pro-government legislative body.

Aug 25 2017

Crystallex wins U.S. court order to seize Venezuela funds

CARACAS A U.S. judge has authorized Canadian miner Crystallex to seize Venezuelan funds held in an account at Bank of New York Mellon Corp, according to court documents, as part of a long-running dispute over the 2008 nationalization of gold mining operations.

Aug 23 2017

Venezuela-U.S. relations at lowest point ever: Maduro

CARACAS/BOGOTA Relations between Caracas and Washington are at their lowest point ever, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday in a speech at the presidential palace for international media that was televised to the nation.

Aug 22 2017

Venezuela-U.S. relations at lowest point ever -Maduro

CARACAS/BOGOTA, Aug 22 Relations between Caracas and Washington are at their lowest point ever, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday in a speech at the presidential palace for international media that was televised to the nation.

Aug 15 2017

Venezuela's Maduro calls for military exercises after Trump threat

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Monday called for military exercises after U.S. President Donald Trump's threat of a possible armed intervention in the country, but Maduro insisted he still wanted to hold talks with the U.S. leader. | Video

Aug 12 2017

Latin America rejects Trump's military threat against Venezuela

CARACAS/LIMA After months of attacking Venezuela's unpopular President Nicolas Maduro, Latin America came out strongly against U.S. threats of military action against the crisis-hit nation. | Video

Aug 09 2017

U.N. decries excessive force in Venezuela's crackdown on protests

CARACAS/GENEVA The United Nations slammed Venezuela on Tuesday for the use of excessive force against anti-government protesters and said security forces and pro-government groups were believed responsible for the deaths of at least 73 demonstrators since April. | Video

Aug 08 2017

Venezuela top court orders jailing of opposition mayor Muchacho

CARACAS Venezuela's Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced Caracas district mayor Ramon Muchacho to 15 months in jail for defying orders to keep transit moving in an area routinely blocked and barricaded by anti-government demonstrations.

Aug 03 2017

Venezuela prosecutors seek to stop new legislative superbody

CARACAS The Venezuelan state prosecutor's office on Thursday asked a local court to halt the inauguration of the country's new 545-member legislative superbody, citing allegations that the government fudged the results of the vote that created it.

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