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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

Feb 23 2018

Zimbabwe's slums grow as hard-up residents seek cheaper housing

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As dark clouds began to build on the horizon, Tarisai Nyakunu Zimunya, a single mother-of-three, looked worried. The fragile structure she calls home would struggle to withstand a drizzle, let alone a storm.

Jan 16 2018

Amid wet weather, Zimbabwe’s Mutare sees hike in malaria deaths

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After years in which the disease presented only a limited threat, this city in eastern Zimbabwe is seeing a hike in malaria deaths, with more than 30 recorded in 2017, city officials say.

Dec 26 2017

Zimbabwe's farmers brace for return of destructive new pests

MAFUKE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers in Zimbabwe are anxiously watching their crops, fearing the return of a plethora of new pests that recently spread to the southern African nation and devastated harvests this year.

Dec 12 2017

Zimbabwe's widows left in the cold as in-laws seize property

MUTARE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Sheila Chimoyo's husband died in 2011, it didn't take long before accusations started to fly.

Nov 28 2017

As droughts lengthen, Zimbabwe’s medicinal plants disappear

ZIMUNYA, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Henry Fusirayi Nzarayebani, an elder in Zimunya, a village in eastern Zimbabwe, walks slowly toward plants growing at the edge of a narrow dirt foot path.

Oct 17 2017

Irrigation rehab channels life back into Zimbabwe’s parched fields

NYANYADZI, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this drought-prone region of eastern Zimbabwe, relying on rain to grow crops no longer makes sense.

Jun 12 2017

Aid groups seek to turn on funding tap to douse drought crises

BARCELONA/HARARE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When a big earthquake, flash flood or other sudden disaster hits, aid agencies spring into action with emergency responses and public appeals for donations. With droughts, it's different.

Apr 17 2017

Gold rush fever among poor Zimbabweans leaves trail of destruction

TARKA FOREST, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Thousands of unemployed Zimbabweans have turned to illegal gold panning in a bid to survive the country's deteriorating economy, leaving a trail of destruction that has alarmed farmers, timber plantation owners and the country's environmental authorities.

Mar 28 2017

Slow carbon credit sales hinder Zimbabwe forest protection

HURUNGWE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One of the world's largest forest conservation projects has managed to curb deforestation in northern Zimbabwe, but the slow sale of carbon credits – on which the project depends – threatens its expansion, its organizers said.

Mar 22 2017

Heavy rains wash away Zimbabwe’s roads, leaving crops stranded

CHIPENDEKE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After two consecutive seasons of drought, heavy rains finally promise a good harvest in most parts of Zimbabwe’s Manicaland province. But farmers now face a new challenge: washed-out roads that will make it difficult to get their crops to market.

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