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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

Dec 13 2017

Will Sri Lanka turn to SMS storm warnings after 'night from hell'?

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the early evening of Nov. 29, Ajith Dias, an office worker in Colombo, started receiving warnings on Facebook of a brewing storm nearing Sri Lanka's southern coast.

Nov 01 2017

FEATURE-Climate change-fueled drought drives Sri Lanka’s farmers to cities

COLOMBO, Nov 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Siri Hettige, a sociology professor at Colombo University, conducts surveys of young people across Sri Lanka, he never fails to ask one key question: Does anybody want to become a farmer?

Oct 04 2017

Drought-hit and hungry Sri Lankans struggle for a harvest – or work

PERIYAKULAM, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At 52 years old, with two grown children, Newton Gunathileka thought he should be working less by this point. Instead he has never worked so hard – and earned so little.

Sep 14 2017

As water vanishes in Sri Lanka, baths - and snakes - present new risks

KIRIYANKALE, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For four months, Achini Dinesha’s life has revolved around water – or, more precisely, the lack of it.

Aug 16 2017

As rural Sri Lanka dries out, young farmers look for new job options

ADIGAMA, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Scorched by a 10-month drought that has killed crops and reduced residents to buying trucked-in water, Adigama’s young people are voting with their feet.

Aug 08 2017

Sri Lanka's war widows trafficked as slaves to Gulf

JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Nathkulasinham Nesemalhar took a flight from Colombo to Muscat in March she believed the boarding pass she clutched in her hand was her golden ticket to a better life after decades of war where she lost everything, including her husband.

Jul 28 2017

As dengue cases soar, Sri Lanka battles a deadly foe: mosquitoes

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Eight years after the end of a bloody civil conflict, Sri Lanka is on a war footing once again. This time all available resources have been pitched against a pesky and increasingly deadly foe: the dengue-carrying mosquito.

Jul 18 2017

Sri Lanka struggles to adapt as disasters become a new "normal"

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - During Sri Lanka’s May floods, rescue crews in Kiriella, a small town in Rathnapura District, spotted a remarkable sight.

Jun 21 2017

Faster, clearer data on disasters might help shield women and children

VALASSMULLA, Sri Lanka (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When floods swept through this small town in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province, 12-year-old Radhika Dayarathne lost more than her home.

May 30 2017

As disaster hits again, early warning text messages fly in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Last Friday, mobile phone users in Sri Lanka’s Western Province received an ominous text message: Waters were rising, particularly along the province’s Kelani River.

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