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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

Jul 20 2018

South Korea says sanctions shrank North Korean economy at sharpest rate in 20 years

SEOUL North Korea’s economy contracted at the sharpest rate in two decades in 2017, South Korea’s central bank estimated on Friday, as international sanctions and drought hit growth hard, with signs living conditions were beginning to deteriorate. | Video

Jul 19 2018

N.Korea economy declines at sharpest rate in 20 yrs in 2017

SEOUL, July 20 North Korea’s economy contracted at the sharpest rate in two decades in 2017, South Korea’s central bank estimated on Friday, in a clear sign international sanctions imposed to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes have hit growth hard.

Jul 17 2018

Moonwalking: South Korea's wage, hours policies backfire for jobless, low income workers

SEOUL President Moon Jae-in wants South Koreans to work less and earn more – and to achieve that his government has hiked the minimum wage and slashed the maximum length of the working week. But Heo Jeong, who serves barley tea samples at a Lotte Mart store in Seoul, says she lost a third of her income as a result.

Jul 12 2018

BOK holds rates, dissenter seen boosting chances of policy tightening

SEOUL South Korea's central bank held its base rate steady on Thursday, as expected, but one board member's dissenting vote may have raised the odds of a rate hike in coming months as major peers tighten monetary policy.

Jun 30 2018

South Korea's June exports slips amid China-U.S. trade war fears

SEOUL South Korea's export growth came to a halt in June, as shipments of cars and consumer electronics fell sharply, casting a shadow over prospects for this year amid escalating trade tension between China and the United States, data showed on Sunday.

Jun 26 2018

South Korea's export growth seen sagging in June amid China-U.S. trade war fears: Reuters poll

SEOUL South Korea's export growth was expected to slow to a near halt in June, a Reuters poll found on Wednesday, weighed down by an escalating trade fight between the United States and other major economies even as the weaker won supported overseas sales.

Jun 20 2018

South Korea's Bithumb loses $32 million in digital money heist, bitcoin falls

SEOUL South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb said 35 billion won ($31.5 million) worth of virtual coins were stolen by hackers, the second local exchange targeted in just over a week as cyber thieves exposed the high risks of trading the digital asset. | Video

Jun 11 2018

North Korea seen looking to China, not U.S., for help in any economic transformation

SEOUL/BEIJING U.S. President Donald Trump may have promised that North Korea will become "very rich" on the back of American investment if Pyongyang ditches nuclear weapons but economists and academics who have studied the isolated country say it is China not the U.S. that will be the engine of any transformation. | Video

May 23 2018

Bank of Korea holds rates as inflation trails target, trade fears remain

SEOUL The Bank of Korea held interest rates steady for a sixth straight month on Thursday, with inflation seen remaining below target and trade frictions between the United States and China raising fears of collateral damage to other export-reliant Asian economies.

May 13 2018

Peace talks ignite land buying frenzy along South Korea's fortified border

With North Korea pledging to reduce tensions and renew ties with its southern neighbor, South Korea's hottest property market is now along the heavily fortified border between the two countries.


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