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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

Oct 18 2017

Death of 11-year-old in India sparks debate on tying welfare to identity card

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The death of an 11-year-old girl in India, who campaigners say died of hunger because her family's ration card was canceled, has sparked debate about linking welfare to identity cards.

Oct 18 2017

Facebook evidence and new laws set free child brides in India

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Campaigners are using social media and lobbying for special laws to annul child marriages in India, which has one of the world's highest rates of women married as children.

Oct 17 2017

New policy could give India's often exploited domestic workers minimum wage, benefits

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Domestic workers in India will soon be entitled to a minimum wage and social security benefits, according to a draft proposal that activists say does not go far enough to protect these workers and lets employers off the hook.

Oct 17 2017

Midwives treated 'like civil servants' battle Cambodia's maternal deaths

PERAH ANDONG, Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After three deliveries, including a stillborn, at her home in Perah Andong village in Cambodia, Yeng Sienghay gave birth to a healthy baby girl in the local health center about four months ago, overseen by three midwives.

Oct 10 2017

Villagers in India's Rajasthan reclaim common land with maps, petitions

HASTINAPUR, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It took residents of Hastinapur village in the Indian state of Rajasthan three years of poring over maps, demarcating boundaries, and numerous petitions and visits to local officials to regain control of their traditional common land.

Oct 09 2017

Forget mansions, modest homes needed amid land pressures, Indian architect says

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sustainable, low-cost homes must become the default option for builders and buyers amid increasing pressure on land and the environment, according to a leading architect in India, which has among the most densely populated cities on the planet.

Oct 04 2017

Witches beaten, buried, burned for land in princely Indian state

BHILWARA, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gulabi Kumawat was an elderly widow living in a modest home in India's Rajasthan state, until the day she was branded a witch by fellow villagers and her life went catastrophically wrong.

Sep 28 2017

Indian fishermen vow to keep fighting 'devastating' World Bank project

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers and fishermen who sued an arm of the World Bank - for funding an Indian power plant they say hurts their livelihoods - have vowed to appeal a U.S. court ruling that the institution has "absolute immunity".

Sep 26 2017

Gunslinging Pakistani girls in lawless land shoot for Academy Award

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - British-born filmmaker Sarmad Masud was inspired to make a feminist Western in Pakistan when he heard how two gun-toting teenage girls fought off 200 men trying to take their home.

Sep 25 2017

India's bullet train project re-ignites debate on land for 'public purpose'

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Plans for India's first bullet train, a $17-billion-dollar project, have sparked a debate on the definition of "public purpose" for land acquisitions which have become increasingly contentious.

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