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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

Aug 07 2018

Indonesia bets big on biodiesel to limit costs of oil imports

JAKARTA Indonesia plans to require all diesel fuel used in the country contain biodiesel starting next month to boost palm oil consumption, slash fuel imports, and narrow a yawning current account gap.

Jul 27 2018

After sprinting to aid rupiah, Indonesia c.bank could struggle in a marathon

JAKARTA Bank Indonesia has done more than any Asian peer to defend its currency amid a global rout in emerging markets, but the fact that the rupiah has kept slipping suggests the central bank would struggle to maintain the pace in a prolonged battle.

Jun 22 2018

Indonesia's growing thirst for coffee drains premium bean supplies

PANGALENGAN, Indonesia/NEW YORK For decades, Indonesia has supplied coffee roasters worldwide with prized beans that give a distinctive taste to brews favored by connoisseurs. Most locals, however, preferred tea. | Video

May 17 2018

Bank Indonesia hikes key interest rate to boost fragile rupiah

JAKARTA Indonesia's central bank on Thursday hiked its benchmark interest rate for the first time since November 2014, as expected, in a bid to bolster the fragile rupiah.

May 16 2018

Indonesia police shoot dead four men after attack on Riau HQ

JAKARTA Indonesian police shot dead four men on Wednesday after they used samurai swords to attack officers at Riau police headquarters in Pekanbaru, Sumatra, a police spokesman said. | Video

Apr 24 2018

Indonesia central bank intervenes with 'sizeable amount' to defend rupiah

JAKARTA Indonesia's central bank has been buying sovereign bonds and selling foreign currency in "quite a sizeable amount" to halt the rupiah's depreciation since last week and will continue to stabilise the currency, its governor said on Tuesday.

Feb 28 2018

Indonesia seizes luxury yacht linked to 1MDB probe

JAKARTA Indonesia on Wednesday seized a luxury yacht on the island of Bali sought by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) as part of a multi-billion dollar corruption investigation linked to Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Jan 29 2018

Indonesia's fintech lending boom exploits shortfall in bank loans

JAKARTA Fintech firms, offering loans of as little as a few hundred dollars, are seeing a spike in lending in Indonesia where tens of millions of people have little or no access to bank credit - helping alleviate a financing shortfall estimated at more than $73 billion.

Dec 27 2017

MUFG hopeful of regulator nod for Danamon, possibly Indonesia's biggest deal

JAKARTA Japan's Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) said it was cautiously optimistic of winning approval to take control of PT Bank Danamon Indonesia - in what could become the biggest acquisition of an Indonesian firm on record.

Nov 28 2017

Balinese offer prayers as rumbling volcano threatens tourism lifeblood

JAKARTA/CANDI DASA, Indonesia Bali's rumbling Mount Agung is starting to impact the economy of the holiday island and, if the eruptions and volcanic ash clouds persist, could spark a bigger wave of cancellations by visitors to Indonesia's main tourism destination as peak season beckons.


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