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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 12 2018

Turkish lira hits record low after Erdogan interest rate comments

ISTANBUL Turkey's lira weakened to a record low of 4.9767 against the dollar in overnight Asian trade before trimming losses on Thursday, hit by worries about economic management and monetary policy under Tayyip Erdogan's stronger executive presidency.

Jul 10 2018

Erdogan starts presidential rule, names son-in-law Turkish finance minister

ISTANBUL Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan ushered in the new, executive presidential system he had long campaigned for by putting his son-in-law in charge of the economy and promising a greater overhaul of a country he has dominated for 15 years.

Jun 22 2018

Turkey's Erdogan, presidential rival both vow to send Syrians home

ISTANBUL President Tayyip Erdogan and his main rival in Sunday's presidential election have both pledged to send millions of Syrian refugees home, responding to growing unease among voters about the number of migrants in Turkey.

Jun 18 2018

Jailed Kurdish leader may hold key in Turkish elections

SILVAN, Turkey The outcome of Turkey's elections on Sunday could depend on a jailed presidential candidate's sway over voters more than 1,200 km (750 miles) away in the country's largely Kurdish southeast. | Video

May 23 2018

Turkish central bank raises rates sharply to prop up lira

ISTANBUL Turkey's central bank raised interest rates by 300 basis points on Wednesday in an emergency move to put a floor under the plunging lira currency and calm investors unnerved by interventions from President Tayyip Erdogan. | Video

May 15 2018

Turkey's lira hammered after Erdogan says wants greater economic control

ISTANBUL Investors hammered Turkey's lira on Tuesday, sending it to a record low after President Tayyip Erdogan said he plans to take greater control of the economy after next month's election, deepening concerns about his influence on monetary policy. | Video

May 07 2018

In Turkey's Kurdish heartland, a battle for homes and votes

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey Kurdish electrician Sukru Gunduz was out on a job when a friend came running to tell him his house was being knocked down, with five members of his family inside.

Apr 12 2018

Turkey says plans to place quarter of top students in Islamic schools

ISTANBUL Nearly a quarter of top-performing students entering Turkish upper schools are expected to be placed in religious Imam Hatip schools, the education minister said on Thursday, a level which secular critics say unfairly prioritizes Islamic education.

Apr 11 2018

As lira hits record lows, Turkey's Erdogan cites attack on economy

ISTANBUL The Turkish lira sank to record lows on Wednesday, battered by investor concern about monetary policy and inflation, a sell-off that President Tayyip Erdogan dismissed as an economic attack by enemies of the state.

Mar 23 2018

Sale of Dogan set to tighten Erdogan's grip over Turkish media

ISTANBUL/ANKARA Turkey's Dogan Holding has started talks to sell its $890 million media arm to an unlisted firm seen as close to Tayyip Erdogan, a deal likely to cement media support for the president ahead of 2019 elections. | Video

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