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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 25 2018

Architects and urban planners champion African design influence from Wakanda to White House

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On a visit to Abuja, Nigeria's master planned capital, Nmadili Okwumabua walked away disappointed by the architecture.

Jul 23 2018

Venezuelans fleeing to Trinidad expose cracks in island refugee policy

PORT OF SPAIN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Underneath a sign reading "Jesus was a refugee", a line of Venezuelan asylum seekers 30 people long stretches in front of a Catholic church in Trinidad's capital, Port of Spain.

Jul 22 2018

As Seattle gentrifies, blacks no longer feel welcome

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Not so long ago, few whites wanted to live in Seattle's diverse Central District, so it housed the people who had no choice.

Jul 18 2018

Tents, tiny houses no substitute for homes: U.S. official

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tents and tiny houses cropping up across the United States to shelter homeless people are only temporary measures that should not deter from the longer term goal of permanent housing, a top government housing official said on Wednesday.

Jul 13 2018

Barbudans sue to block airport as they seek to rebuild after hurricane

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of Barbudans has filed a legal claim against their government to halt construction of an international airport, saying the money should instead be used to restore basic services after Hurricane Irma devastated the island.

Jul 12 2018

‘Everything we’ve heard about global urbanization turns out to be wrong': researchers

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Widely accepted numbers on how much of the world's population lives in cities are incorrect, with major implications for development aid and the provision of public services for billions of people, researchers say.

Jun 28 2018

FEATURE -With tobacco and candy, N. America counts its homeless

VANCOUVER, June 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Melissa Alcock is regularly awoken by strangers.

Jun 28 2018

Brazil's bike-friendly beachfront city Fortaleza wins major transport award

SEATTLE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazil's coastal city Fortaleza won an international award on Thursday for cutting traffic deaths and making major investments in bus and cycle lanes despite a biting recession.

Jun 20 2018

Venezuelans survive by smuggling over the waves to Trinidad

CHAGUARAMAS, Trinidad and Tobago (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Unemployed and without food to feed his family, Venezuelan construction worker Robert Monterosi says there is only one way he can survive - dodging customs officials to sell smuggled goods in neighboring Trinidad and Tobago and stock up there.

Jun 05 2018

'YIMBY' call to build more housing divides booming San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When maths teacher Sonja Trauss saw 20 people show up for an open house in San Francisco, she realized a simple truth about housing in the city - there simply isn't enough to go around.

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