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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 17 2018

Migrants in Lebanon seek to break stereotypes with new radio show

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Since arriving in Lebanon, Sudanese migrant worker Abdallah Afandi has been turned away from beach resorts, mistaken for a cleaner and prevented from renting an apartment - all because of the color of his skin.

Jul 16 2018

Lebanon deports migrant worker attacked under 'dehumanizing' system

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Black women working in Lebanon routinely face racism, sexism and discrimination stemming from a "dehumanizing" sponsorship system, rights groups said on Monday, after a Kenyan migrant worker who suffered a mob attack was deported.

Jun 25 2018

Iranian activist blocked from World Cup match allowed to protest

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Iranian activist blocked from a World Cup match in Russia after demonstrating against her country's ban on women attending soccer games planned to renew her protest at a match on Monday, as global pressure mounted on Tehran to change its policy.

Jun 22 2018

Saudi women 'still enslaved', says activist as driving ban ends

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women are still "enslaved" through Saudi Arabia's male guardianship system, an activist from the conservative Muslim kingdom said on Friday as the country prepared to lift a decades-old ban on women driving.

Jun 21 2018

Iran women's activist vows to step up protest after Russia World Cup block

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Iranian activist vowed to step up her campaign for her country to end its ban on women attending stadium games on Thursday, a day after she was blocked from a World Cup match in Russia and stripped of a banner.

Jun 21 2018

How language, tech open opportunities for refugees

BEIRUT, June 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shadi Khaled, a Syrian refugee living in Iraq, teaches Arabic on his computer, calling it his "hope for the future" as a job means money and a chance to educate people about his life.

Jun 13 2018

'Catastrophic' risk of death for 300,000 Yemeni children trapped by attack

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Some 300,000 children risk death, injury and starvation as they are trapped in Yemen's main port city which is under assault from Saudi-led Arab states, aid groups said on Wednesday.

Jun 12 2018

Poverty forces Syrian refugee children into work

TRIPOLI, Lebanon (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When 13-year-old Mounir fled Syria for Lebanon with his family after surviving a rocket strike that nearly killed them, he thought he would be safe. In fact, he had swapped one form of danger for another - sexual harassment and verbal abuse.

Jun 01 2018

Saudi princess Vogue cover sparks anger over jailed activists

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An image on the cover of Vogue Arabia of a Saudi princess behind the wheel of a red convertible has sparked anger in the conservative kingdom following the jailing of activists who campaigned for women to be allowed to drive.

May 29 2018

Saudi Arabia prepares to outlaw sexual harassment

BEIRUT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Saudi Arabia is preparing to outlaw sexual harassment, a move campaigners hailed on Tuesday as a "paradigm shift" in the deeply conservative Islamic kingdom, which is set to lift a ban on women driving within weeks.

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