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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

Apr 20 2018

Western Venezuela suffering daily power cuts despite end to rationing

SAN CRISTOBAL/MARACAIBO, Venezuela, Multiple daily power outages are on the increase in several cities in western Venezuela, despite the supposed end of state-sanctioned electricity rationing, people who live in the area say.

Mar 17 2018

Venezuela city issues own currency to combat national cash crisis

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela A western Venezuelan city began to issue its own currency this week to alleviate the hyper-inflationary country's cash crisis.

Mar 16 2018

Venezuela begins power rationing as drought causes severe outages

SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela Venezuela imposed electricity rationing this week in six western states, as the crisis-hit country's creaky power grid suffered from a drought that has reduced water levels in key reservoirs needed to run hydroelectric power generators.

Feb 26 2018

'Migrate or die': Venezuelans flood into Colombia despite crackdown

MAICAO/CUCUTA, Colombia The desert wind whipping their faces, hundreds of Venezuelan migrants lugging heavy suitcases and overstuffed backpacks trudge along the road to the Colombian border town of Maicao beneath the blazing sun. | Video

Feb 13 2018

Colombian military calls Venezuela's invasion fears 'ridiculous'

CUCUTA, Colombia Venezuelan accusations that Colombia has been eyeing military action against its crisis-hit neighbor were "ridiculous," the head of Colombia's military forces said on Tuesday, during a visit to the border area.

Feb 08 2018

Colombia, Brazil tighten borders as Venezuelan crisis deepens

CUCUTA, Colombia/BRASILIA Colombia and Brazil tightened border controls with Venezuela on Thursday as both nations grapple with a mounting influx of hundreds of thousands of desperate migrants fleeing a worsening economic crisis.

Jan 24 2018

Colombia evicts over 200 homeless Venezuelans from sports field squat

CUCUTA, Colombia Colombia on Wednesday evicted over 200 homeless Venezuelans who had been sleeping in a sports field in its border town of Cucuta, highlighting growing unease over an influx of migrants from the crisis-hit neighboring country. | Video

Jan 17 2018

Wave of looting shutters stores, spreads fear in Venezuela

CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela A wave of looting by hungry mobs across Venezuela has left streets of shuttered shops in provincial towns and pushed some store owners to arm themselves with guns and machetes, stirring fear that the turmoil could spread to the capital Caracas. | Video

Jan 11 2018

Food riots grip western Venezuela, mob reportedly slaughters cattle in field

SAN CRISTOBAL/BARINAS, Venezuela Hungry mobs ransacked a food collection center, and a supermarket in Venezuela's western Andean state of Merida on Thursday and reportedly even slaughtered cattle grazing in a field as unrest over food shortages spread through the country.

Dec 20 2017

Desperate Venezuelans peddle wares door-to-door in Colombia to survive

CUCUTA, Colombia Thousands of impoverished Venezuelans are crossing the border to Colombia every day to sell cheap basics, from oranges to candles, in a desperate attempt to earn hard currency amid their country's worsening economic collapse.

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