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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 30 2017

Farmer wages may offer clues as weak demand baffles Indonesian officials

JAKARTA In trying to solve a major economic headache, large fluctuations in food prices, Indonesia may have unintentionally exacerbated another: domestic demand, the archipelago's main economic engine, which remains stubbornly sluggish.

Oct 20 2017

Private sector left in dust in Indonesia's infrastructure push

JAKARTA Soon after Indonesian President Joko Widodo took office in 2014, he ordered his ministers to give private companies first pick of profitable infrastructure projects, until then usually grabbed by state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

Oct 18 2017

U.S. knew of Indonesian anti-communist massacre as it unfolded

JAKARTA The U.S. government had intimate knowledge of the mass killing of alleged communists in Indonesia in the mid 1960s even as it failed to publicly reveal the slaughter, newly declassified U.S. documents show.The documents also reveal that Indonesian army intermediaries told Western embassies they were considering toppling then president Sukarno less than a fortnight after the killing of six generals by rebel military personnel that sparked the bloodletting. | Video

Aug 23 2017

Indonesia tests if 7th rate cut can lift frustratingly soft consumption

JAKARTA, Aug 23 A cut in interest rates by Indonesia's central bank may not be enough to give sluggish consumer spending a jolt, as weakness in purchasing power and a reluctance by banks to lend undercuts efforts to boost Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

Aug 16 2017

Deaths rise among Indonesian drug dealers amid fears of Philippines-style campaign

JAKARTA The number of suspected drug dealers killed by Indonesian police has more than tripled so far this year from the whole of 2016, activists said on Wednesday, raising concerns the country may be headed towards a bloody Philippines-style war on narcotics.

Jul 25 2017

Jakarta's traffic-clogged economy gets a lift from motorbike deliveries

JAKARTA Three years ago, Ferly Aninditya's stall at a Jakarta food court was losing money. Deterred by the Indonesian capital's paralysing traffic, few customers were prepared to come to him.

Jul 12 2017

Indonesia finance minister says to tackle tax avoidance by MNCs

JAKARTA Indonesia will sharply lift its tax collection and work with other nations to develop new rules to tackle the "aggressive" tax planning by multinational corporations, the Southeast Asian country's finance minister said on Wednesday.

Jun 29 2017

Indonesia's gay community driven underground after police raids

JAKARTA When an angry mob of Islamists threatened to burn down a place hosting a gay and lesbian film festival in Jakarta in 2010, Indonesian police came to protect those staging it.

Jun 15 2017

Late night Ramadan shopping shows Indonesia's economic spirits brightening

JAKARTA Indonesia's economic spirits are rising judging by the line of women outside a packed Furla bag shop for a traditional midnight Ramadan sale at a Jakarta mall.

May 26 2017

Indonesia makes arrests as Islamic State claims Jakarta attacks

JAKARTA Indonesian police arrested three people on Friday suspected of being linked to suicide bombings in Jakarta, as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks that killed three police officers at a bus station and wounded 12 others.


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