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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

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England return to 'Gabbatoir' to face their demons

MELBOURNE England's Ashes debutants face a baptism of fire in Thursday's opening test at the Gabba, where four years ago the tourists' batsmen crumbled under an Australian short-pitched bowling assault.

Nov 20 2017

Smith to shoulder heavy burden in first Ashes as captain

MELBOURNE Ashes battles against England have done much to shape Steve Smith as a cricketer but his first series in charge of Australia could do plenty to define his legacy as captain.

Nov 17 2017

Australia recall wicketkeeper Paine in Ashes surprise

MELBOURNE Australia have recalled wicketkeeper Tim Paine for the first time in seven years in a selection bombshell while dropping opening batsman Matt Renshaw in a surprising Ashes squad for the series against England.

Nov 16 2017

Harris backs Starc as next England tormentor

MELBOURNE The spirit of Mitchell Johnson could return to haunt England's batsmen during the Ashes in the form of another left-arm paceman, Mitchell Starc, according to former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris.

Nov 14 2017

England no Ashes easy-beats, says Harris

MELBOURNE The absence of Ben Stokes and a rash of injuries have made for an inauspicious buildup to England's Ashes campaign but former Australia quick Ryan Harris believes it's not all doom and gloom for the tourists while their main strike bowlers are firing.

Nov 08 2017

Cricket - Son of 'Boof' has Maxwell looking over his shoulder

MELBOURNE Ashes auditions for Australia's vacant number six spot have seen a number of leading candidates fluff their lines in the domestic Sheffield Shield but Jake Lehmann's strong form could force an awkward decision at the selectors table where his father sits.

Nov 07 2017

Horse racing: O'Brien edges dad as Rekindling wins Melbourne Cup

MELBOURNE Rekindling won the 157th running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday, giving Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien a maiden triumph Down Under and victory over his father's horse in a thrilling sprint to the line.

Nov 05 2017

Horse racing: Dettori looks to end Melbourne Cup wait on Almandin

MELBOURNE Frankie Dettori will look to end a quarter-century of frustration in Australia's most prestigious horse race when the flamboyant jockey rides last year's winner and favorite Almandin in the A$6.2 million Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

Oct 26 2017

Australia's hopefuls pad up for Ashes auditions

MELBOURNE Australia's domestic Sheffield Shield tends to open sleepily, with spring sunshine warming the few diehard fans that turn up to regional venues but auditions for coveted Ashes places have given the start of this year's tournament additional spice.

Oct 19 2017

Desperate Wallabies seek relief from All Black torment

MELBOURNE The term 'dead rubber' has become drearily familiar for Australian rugby fans at the tail end of a Bledisloe Cup series but the Wallabies' desperation for any kind of win over the All Blacks should ensure a spirited clash in Brisbane on Saturday.

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