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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

Jun 30 2017

Colombia central bank cuts interest rate to 5.75 percent, more than expected

BOGOTA Colombia's central bank unexpectedly cut its key lending rate on Friday by 50 basis points in an effort to boost a sluggish economy, though policymakers were divided over the size of the reduction as inflation remained above target.

Jun 18 2017

Colombians leave floral tributes amid probe into deadly Bogota blast

BOGOTA Floral tributes were placed at the Bogota shopping center where three women were killed and nine wounded after an explosive device detonated in a restroom as Colombians flocked to buy gifts ahead of Sunday's Father's Day celebrations.

Jun 18 2017

Explosion in Bogota shopping center kills three, wounds nine

BOGOTA Three women were killed and nine wounded after an explosive device detonated in a restroom in a busy upscale shopping center in Colombia's capital on Saturday.

May 16 2017

Colombia's mining sector could receive $1.5 billion annually over five years

BOGOTA Mining could become Colombia's economic growth engine with investments of at least $1.5 billion a year over the next five years if the government guarantees legal certainty to businesses, the industry's top representative said on Tuesday.

Apr 28 2017

Colombia central bank may cut rates 25 bps as CPI eases, some may seek more

BOGOTA, April 28 Colombia's central bank is likely to cut the key interest rate by a quarter-percentage-point for a third consecutive month at its meeting on Friday, with some policymakers perhaps seeking a bigger cut to bolster economic growth as inflation expectations fall.

Mar 15 2017

Colombia VP Vargas resigns; nominated successor is ex-police chief

BOGOTA Colombian Vice President German Vargas Lleras resigned on Wednesday, a move widely expected to herald his push for the presidency next year even as he says he is undecided.

Feb 24 2017

Colombia rates seen on hold in central bank split over growth, high inflation

BOGOTA, Feb 24 Colombia's central bank is likely to hold the benchmark interest rate steady for a second month on Friday as board members struggle to ease inflation even as the economy remains sluggish.

Feb 19 2017

Explosion near Bogota bullring hurts 26

BOGOTA An explosion near Bogota's bullring injured at least 26 people, most of them police officers as they prepared for anti-bullfighting protests in Colombia's capital on Sunday, the police said, but no one was killed. | Video

Nov 30 2016

Colombian peace deal passed by Congress, ending 52-year war

BOGOTA Colombia's Congress approved a new peace deal with FARC rebels late on Wednesday, despite objections from former President and now Senator Alvaro Uribe, who said it was still too lenient on the insurgents who have battled the government for 52 years.

Nov 30 2016

Colombian peace deal passed by Senate, moves to lower house

BOGOTA Colombia's Senate approved a new peace deal with FARC rebels late on Tuesday, despite objections from former president and now Senator Alvaro Uribe, who said it was still too lenient on the insurgents who have battled the government for 52 years.

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