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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

Apr 11 2018

Colombian candidate Petro seeks to close social gap

BOGOTA A former Colombian guerrilla insurgent who is trying to become the country's first leftist president, Gustavo Petro said he would focus on narrowing its yawning gap between rich and poor if elected.

Mar 02 2018

Colombian academic seeks to heal divided nation as president

BOGOTA Sergio Fajardo, a front-runner for May's presidential election in Colombia, likes to draw diagrams to explain his vision to revive the South American country's economy and bridge the chasm between its rich and poor.

Jan 29 2018

Colombia suspends peace talks with ELN rebels after bomb attacks

BOGOTA Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday suspended peace talks with Marxist ELN rebels after a series of bombings over the weekend killed seven police officers and injured dozens.

Jan 10 2018

Colombia's ELN rebels resume attacks as ceasefire expires

BOGOTA/QUITO Colombia's Marxist ELN rebels resumed attacks on oil installations and the armed forces on Wednesday, threatening the future of peace talks just hours after the expiration of a ceasefire agreement with the government.

Oct 01 2017

Colombia and ELN rebels begin first-ever ceasefire

BOGOTA Colombia and the Marxist ELN rebels began a ceasefire on Sunday aimed at generating goodwill during complicated talks to end a half-century war that has killed hundreds of thousands.

Sep 28 2017

Colombia's defense minister says drug policy must be long-term

BOGOTA Colombia must maintain eradication and substitution of coca crops as a long-term policy across the Andean nation's isolated jungle and mountain zones to permanently defeat drug trafficking and consolidate peace, the defense minister told Reuters.

Sep 10 2017

Pope to wrap up Colombia trip in Cartagena with focus on poor

BOGOTA/CARTAGENA, Colombia Pope Francis wraps up his trip to Colombia on Sunday with a visit to the Caribbean port city of Cartagena, a top tourist destination famous for its colonial walled ramparts but which masks deep social inequality in its surrounding shantytowns. | Video

Sep 08 2017

Pope Francis to bless Colombia's war victims

VILLAVICENCIO/BOGOTA, Colombia Thousands of victims of Colombia's five-decade war will seek blessings, guidance and a path to forgiveness from Pope Francis on Friday, during his visit to a region that for years has been known as an epicenter of violence.

Sep 07 2017

Pope says Colombia must confront inequality to secure lasting peace

BOGOTA Pope Francis on Thursday urged Colombians to shun vengeance after a bloody 50-year civil war but said leaders had to enact laws to end the "darkness" of injustice and social inequality that breeds violence. | Video

Sep 06 2017

Pope arrives in Colombia to help heal wounds of 50-year war

BOGOTA Pope Francis arrived in Colombia on Wednesday with a message of unity for a nation deeply divided by a peace deal that ended a five-decade war with Marxist FARC rebels but left many victims of the bloodshed wary of the fraught healing process. | Video

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