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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

Commentary: Five Questions on the Trump-Putin summit

In a joint press conference that followed Monday’s closed-door summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the U.S. president refused to blame the Russian president for any meddling in the 2016 presidential election, accepted Putin’s denial of interference – and cast doubt on the findings of U.S. intelligence agencies, just two days after a federal grand jury indicted 12 Russian military officers for conspiring to interfere with the election.

Mar 23 2017

Podcast: The growing rift between Trump and his intelligence agencies, and why it’s cause for concern

Even before he took office, Donald Trump was denigrating the U.S. intelligence community – in large part because of its investigation into Russian influence on the presidential election, which challenged the integrity of his victory. That relationship has continued to sour, through Trump’s controversial speech at CIA headquarters and his attack on leaks that helped lead to National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s resignation.

Mar 20 2017

Commentary: How Trump-Russia ties have affected the administration – so far

FBI Director James Comey, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and other witnesses are expected to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Monday in the first public hearing on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Nov 17 2016

No, Trump won’t have a problem filling government jobs

The U.S.-backed offensive to crush Islamic State in its last major stronghold in Iraq has entered its second month – and the battle to retake the city is making slow progress. Opponents of the hardline Sunni group sought finally to seal off Mosul from all sides after an elite army unit, the Counter Terrorism Service, breached the city's eastern limits two weeks ago. But other army units have yet to enter from the northern and the southern sides.

Nov 16 2016

Reuters Select: ‘He doesn’t sleep without his suicide bomber vest’

A Reuters Special Report explores how Islamic State fighters are operating in besieged Mosul. Text messages from inside the Iraqi city, along with interviews with senior Kurdish officials and recently captured Islamic State fighters, offer an unusually detailed picture of the extremist group and its leader's “intemperate” state of mind as militants make what may be their last stand in Iraq.

Oct 18 2016

Commentary: What’s next for Mosul?

The fight for Mosul is fraught with risks. The long-awaited battle began Monday morning, when U.S.-backed Iraqi government forces launched an offensive to drive Islamic State from Iraq’s second-largest city and the group’s last major stronghold in Iraq. It is the biggest operation in Iraq since the 2003 American-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

Apr 28 2016

Commentary: Why warring factors target hospitals

On Thursday the Syrian government and its allies conducted air strikes on a hospital in a rebel-held area of Aleppo, killing 27 people. The victims included three children and the city’s last remaining pediatrician.

Feb 01 2016

Why you can’t just wipe out mosquitoes to get rid of the Zika virus

There’s also a risk that wiping out an entire species could have unintended consequences, and a negative impact up and down the food chain.

Jul 23 2015

Breaking down the legal issues in Sandra Bland’s arrest

There is no law that would require you to put out your cigarette. When we have contact with the police, there are ways to escalate and de-escalate the situation. Bland clearly was annoyed that the trooper was asking her to do that.

Jul 18 2014

What’s behind the downing of Flight MH17 over Ukraine, and what happens next? Five smart views.

On Thursday Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, with 298 people on board, was shot down over Grabovo, Ukraine, by what officials have described as a Russian-made antiaircraft missile. As investigators uncover details of the attack -- including the origins of the missile -- Russian President Vladimir Putin’s role in the Ukraine crisis will come under renewed scrutiny.

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