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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

Nov 16 2017

Philadelphia moves one step closer to return of local control of public schools

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania Philadelphia's School Reform Commission (SRC) voted Thursday night to begin steps to dissolve itself, paving the way for a return to city control for the nation’s 8th largest school district after 16 years.

Nov 13 2017

Recovered Penn State hazing death video leads to fresh charges

BELLEFONTE, Pa. A prosecutor brought fresh charges against 12 members of a Pennsylvania State University fraternity on Monday in the death of a 19-year-old student after examining recovered surveillance-camera video of an alcohol-fueled initiation rite that turned deadly. | Video

Nov 02 2017

Mayor of Philadelphia will seek to end state control of city schools

HARRISBURG, Pa. Mayor James Kenney of Philadelphia said on Thursday he would seek to end state control of the city's school district, the 8th largest in the United States, and vowed to increase local tax support to improve city schools.

Nov 02 2017

Mayor of Philadelphia will ask to end state control of city schools

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov 2 Mayor James Kenney of Philadelphia said Thursday he would seek to end state control of the city's school district, the nation’s 8th largest, and vowed to increase local tax support to bring city schools up to modern standards.

Oct 30 2017

Pennsylvania governor signs revenue bills to wrap up stalled budget

HARRISBURG, Pa. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Monday signed a set of bills to provide $2.3 billion in new revenue for the state and end a four-month impasse with lawmakers over how to pay for the state's fiscal 2018 budget.

Oct 24 2017

Former Philadelphia D.A. sent to prison for five years for corruption

HARRISBURG, Pa. Former Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in federal prison for taking bribes and committing fraud to maintain a lifestyle prosecutors said he could not afford.

Oct 24 2017

Pennsylvania audit finds 'extreme dysfunction' in Scranton schools

HARRISBURG, Pa. Pennsylvania's top state auditor on Tuesday said he found such "extreme dysfunction" and "serious financial instability" in the Scranton School District that he referred the matter to local, state and federal authorities for possible further action.

Oct 18 2017

Former Penn State coach Sandusky denied new child sex abuse trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday denied a request by former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky for a new trial on charges that he sexually assaulted pre-teen and teenaged boys for 15 years.

Sep 26 2017

Cabot Oil & Gas settles fracking lawsuit with Pennsylvania families

HARRISBURG, Pa. Cabot Oil & Gas Co. [COG.N] has settled a lawsuit filed by two families in Dimock, Pennsylvania, who alleged their homes' drinking water became contaminated with methane not long after the company began drilling for natural gas in 2007.

Sep 14 2017

Pennsylvania could halt spending on Friday without budget

HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept 14 Pennsylvania could run out of cash on Friday, leaving $860 million of bill payments up in the air as lawmakers continue to argue over a revenue package that is more than two months overdue.

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