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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 23 2017

Millions of children in Boko Haram-hit Lake Chad prey to disease as rains arrive

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of children across the Lake Chad basin are prey to deadly water-borne diseases such as cholera and hepatitis E as the rainy season hits a region already reeling from Boko Haram's insurgency, the United Nations said on Friday.

Jun 22 2017

Spiraling violence in Central African Republic isolates neediest

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Escalating violence between rival armed factions in Central African Republic is cutting off humanitarian access to civilians most needing help, while emboldened fighters are now infiltrating camps for the displaced, agencies said on Thursday.

Jun 19 2017

Raped then rejected, stigma drives former girl soldiers back into Congo's militias

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Stigma and rejection from their communities after returning home from armed groups are driving former girl soldiers in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo back into the militias, where they are prey to violence and sexual abuse, a charity said on Monday.

Jun 16 2017

Africa eyes green jobs to fight radicalization and stem migration to Europe

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - African governments have pledged to restore degraded land, invest in agriculture and create "green jobs" for young people in a drive to tackle youth unemployment, fight against radicalization, and stem the tide of migration to Europe.

Jun 15 2017

Libya smugglers broadcast abuse of African migrants on social media to demand ransoms

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - People smugglers and criminal gangs in Libya are using social media to broadcast the abuse and violence they inflict on African migrants in their captivity and demand ransoms from their families back home, according to the United Nations.

Jun 14 2017

Medical app aims to tackle rape, flag war crimes in conflict-torn Congo

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists behind an app designed to assist doctors document evidence of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo aim to go beyond obtaining justice for rape victims and collect data which could help secure prosecutions for war crimes.

Jun 13 2017

Nigeria prey to more deadly meningitis outbreaks amid vaccine shortage

DAKAR, June 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hit by one of its deadliest meningitis outbreaks in years, with more than 1,000 deaths, Nigeria could struggle to contain future epidemics due to a shortage of vaccines, health experts said.

Jun 12 2017

Falling cocoa prices threaten child labor spike in Ghana, Ivory Coast

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A drop in global cocoa prices threatens to undermine efforts to stamp out child labor in Ghana and Ivory Coast, the world's two biggest growers, as falling incomes could force farmers to send their children to work, charities said on Monday.

Jun 08 2017

British Ebola nurse struck by suffering of survivors, orphans after return to Sierra Leone

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who survived Ebola after caring for patients in Sierra Leone, spoke on Thursday of the psychological toll on survivors and children orphaned by the virus following her first return to the West African nation.

Jun 07 2017

Dreams of Europe dashed, Senegalese migrants fly home from Libya 'hell'

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of Senegalese migrants have been flown home in the past week, saying their dreams of a new life in Europe were dashed after they crossed the Sahara desert only to endure the 'hell' of imprisonment in Libya.

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