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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

May 22 2018

Un-cool runnings: 'little hope' for sacred forest restoration after Winter Games in Korea

PYEONGCHANG (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The last ski racers have schussed down the slopes of the Jeongseon Alpine Center on Mount Gariwang in South Korea but for environmentalists concerned about the future of its sacred forest the real competition is just beginning.

May 15 2018

Seattle's tax on Amazon to help homeless may fall short, locals say

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Seattle is imposing a new tax on big business to help combat growing crises with affordable housing and homelessness, but advocates and residents worry the new funds will not be enough.

May 15 2018

Seattle passes scaled-back tax on Amazon, big companies

SEATTLE Seattle's city council on Monday approved a new tax for the city's biggest companies, including Amazon.com Inc , to combat a housing crisis attributed in part to a local economic boom that has driven up real estate costs at the expense of the working class.

May 08 2018

Activists sue over delay in U.S. government effort to end segregation

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Housing activists sued the U.S. government on Tuesday over its suspension of a rule designed to discourage racial segregation in cities and towns, saying integration is critical to the nation's economic prosperity.

Apr 16 2018

Paradise lost? Barbuda land activists seek action from Commonwealth

LONDON/BOSTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists are urging Commonwealth leaders meeting in Britain this week to throw their weight behind a campaign to preserve a centuries-old communal land ownership system on the Caribbean island of Barbuda.

Apr 12 2018

Skyscrapers threaten to swallow Kuala Lumpur's last Malay village

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As the day's tropical heat abates, Anif Safrizal fires up the grill at his satay stand. He sizzles chicken skewers, then slathers them with peanut sauce for customers who sit on plastic chairs or whizz their meals away on motorcycles.

Mar 29 2018

Homeless in Seattle celebrate $3 billion affordable housing victory

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five years ago, Dennis Bateman's life was in shambles. He had just been released from prison for the fifth time. A teenage runaway from foster care who abused drugs and alcohol, he was addicted to heroin and methamphetamines, and sleeping rough.

Mar 26 2018

Wildfire funding fix will take 'a period of years' to protect U.S. forests

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A deal in last week's U.S. federal spending bill to fund wildfire fighting has drawn praise but also some concern over a provision relaxing rules on cutting trees in national forests.

Mar 13 2018

Can pop-ups pave the way to thriving public space in world's cities?

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a patch of gravel that was once a nondescript bus stop in Kuala Lumpur's old city, passersby can now find brightly-painted wooden pallets that double as seating and shelves stocked with free books for the taking. At least, for the time being.

Mar 08 2018

Ride-hailing apps benefit women economically, but must do better on safety: experts

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in emerging markets could benefit from jobs in the booming ride-hailing industry, but cultural attitudes in some places are an obstacle, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) said.

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