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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 08 2017

The silent creditor group in Venezuela's debt crisis: Venezuelans

CARACAS The prospect of a Venezuelan debt default triggering a clash between revolutionary socialists and foreign creditors has overshadowed an equally complicated dilemma facing the OPEC nation: a standoff with its own citizens who are bondholders.

Dec 08 2017

The silent creditor group in Venezuela's debt crisis: Venezuelans

CARACAS The prospect of a Venezuelan debt default triggering a clash between revolutionary socialists and foreign creditors has overshadowed an equally complicated dilemma facing the OPEC nation: a standoff with its own citizens who are bondholders.

Dec 05 2017

Maduro's cryptocurrency to fare no better than Venezuela itself: analysts

CARACAS Venezuela's plan to create an oil-backed cryptocurrency faces the same credibility problems that dog the ruling Socialist Party in financial markets and is unlikely to fare any better than the struggling OPEC member itself, investors and technical experts say.

Dec 05 2017

Maduro's cryptocurrency to fare no better than Venezuela itself

CARACAS, Dec 5 Venezuela's plan to create an oil-backed cryptocurrency faces the same credibility problems that dog the ruling Socialist Party in financial markets and is unlikely to fare any better than the struggling OPEC member itself, investors and technical experts say.

Nov 24 2017

Venezuela's PDVSA says making bond payments, urges trust

CARACAS Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said on Friday it was making last-minute payments on two bonds close to default, including one backed by shares in U.S.-based refiner Citgo, and called for "trust" as it seeks to maintain debt service amid a deepening economic crisis.

Nov 21 2017

Venezuela bondholders look to form alliances under restructuring limbo

Holders of Venezuelan bonds are meeting with each other and considering forming committees, advisers and fund managers told Reuters, as questions mount about the feasibility of President Nicolas Maduro's proposal to restructure $60 billion of debt.

Nov 21 2017

Venezuela bondholders look to form alliances under restructuring limbo

Nov 21 Holders of Venezuelan bonds are meeting with each other and considering forming committees, advisers and fund managers told Reuters, as questions mount about the feasibility of President Nicolas Maduro's proposal to restructure $60 billion of debt.

Nov 14 2017

Flirting with default, Venezuela vows debt payment

CARACAS Venezuela's cash-strapped government on Tuesday vowed it was making debt payments responsibly, even as two ratings agencies declared partial default on a crippling debt load that has fueled hunger and disease. | Video

Nov 13 2017

Venezuela offers chocolates but little else to creditors

CARACAS Venezuela's socialist government gifted chocolates to creditors on Monday, but offered no firm proposals at a brief meeting in Caracas that left investors without a clear understanding of the government's strategy to renegotiate $60 billion in debt. | Video

Nov 13 2017

Venezuela to meet creditors in bid to dodge default

CARACAS, Nov 13 Venezuela opens talks with creditors on Monday to renegotiate a crippling debt that has left once-prosperous citizens sifting through garbage to find food, as the OPEC nation seeks to avert a default that would plunge its economy into deeper uncertainty.

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