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James Pearson

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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Vietnam jails former politburo official for 13 years in graft crackdown

HANOI A court in Vietnam on Monday sentenced a former politburo official to 13 years in prison and another high-profile energy official to life imprisonment for embezzlement and violating state rules, in a corruption crackdown, state media said. | Video

Jan 17 2018

Special Report: The fabulous story of North Korea's fabric made of stone

SEOUL For much of the world, it's a niche product. In North Korea, where winter temperatures are frigid and which cannot produce enough cotton or wool for clothing, the synthetic fiber developed after nylon was glorified as a revolutionary invention. | Video

Nov 30 2017

The thinking behind Kim Jong Un's 'madness'

SEOUL On an icy December day in 2011, North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un was accompanied by seven advisers as they escorted the hearse that carried his father, Kim Jong Il, through the streets of Pyongyang. | Video

Nov 24 2017

North Korea replaces soldiers, South Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

SEOUL North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier defected last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in the defector's rescue.

Nov 23 2017

N.Korea sacks soldiers, S.Korea awards medals after defector's border dash

SEOUL, Nov 24 North Korea has reportedly replaced guards and fortified a section of its border with South Korea where a North Korean soldier staged a daring defection last week, while South Korean and U.S. soldiers have been decorated for their role in his rescue.

Nov 07 2017

Exclusive: China curbs tourism to North Korea ahead of Trump visit - sources

BEIJING/SEOUL Chinese tour operators based in the border city of Dandong have been told to halt trips to the North Korean capital Pyongyang, five sources told Reuters on Tuesday, the day before U.S. President Donald Trump's first official visit to China.

Nov 07 2017

China detains 10 North Koreans amid possible defector crackdown: sources

SEOUL Ten North Koreans, including a four-year-old child, have been detained in China, where they face being deported back to the North, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.

Nov 06 2017

Kim Jong Un's love of sport could be making of Games

SEOUL/BERLIN As Olympic officials try to persuade North Korea to join what they hope will be a peaceful winter Games in the South in February, leader Kim Jong Un has a weakness that may help them: He loves sport.

Nov 04 2017

Fake meat, free markets ease North Koreans' hunger

SEOUL Take the dregs left from making soy bean oil, which usually go to feed the pigs. Press and roll them into a sandy-colored paste. Stuff with rice, and top with chilli sauce. The dish's name, injogogi, means "man-made meat." | Video

Oct 16 2017

'Mad dog' anti-Trump leaflets, suspected floated in from North Korea, turn up in Seoul

SEOUL Propaganda fliers presumed to be from North Korea and calling U.S. President Donald Trump a "mad dog" have turned up across central Seoul, including near the presidential Blue House, according to posts on social media and people who found them.

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