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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.

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

INTERVIEW-Too much US regulation is a problem for Latin American banks -Felaban

BOGOTA, March 15 Excessive U.S. regulations on foreign financial entities are leading their banks to close credit lines to Latin American banks, making it harder and more expensive to pay for foreign trade operations in the region, the head of financial association, Felaban, said on Tuesday.

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

Feb 14 2017

INTERVIEW-Colombia Colpatria seeking capital, partners for building, mining ops

BOGOTA, Feb 14 Colombian investment firm Colpatria is seeking capital and possible partners for its construction and mining businesses as the conglomerate expands in two of the Andean nation's growing sectors, its president said on Tuesday.

Jan 30 2017

Colombia's surprise interest rate moves rattle investors

BOGOTA, Jan 30 Surprise interest rate decisions over the last two months by Colombia's central bank and the expected appointment of two new board members next month triggered market uncertainty on Monday, sending local debt yields higher as investors fret about monetary policy.

Oct 11 2016

Legal threats, not war, top commodity producers' concerns in Colombia

CAJAMARCA, Colombia Gold mining companies have invested hundreds of millions of dollars but not extracted a gram. Palm farmers are told their land belongs to someone else. Some communities are voting to ban mining in areas already awarded for exploration.

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