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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

Oct 24 2016

Petrobras settlements show company eager to resolve corruption cases

RIO DE JANEIRO/NEW YORK Petrobras' decision to settle four lawsuits over corruption allegations signals its willingness to negotiate deals in other civil cases but does not remove the threat of massive government penalties from U.S. and Brazilian investigations, legal experts said.

Oct 20 2016

Brazil prosecutors charge 21 with homicide for Samarco dam spill

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian prosecutors charged 21 people with qualified homicide on Thursday for their roles in the collapse of a tailings dam at the Samarco Mineração SA iron ore mine last November that killed 19 people.

Sep 29 2016

Brazil oil workers reject Petrobras offer, strike possible

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's largest oil workers' federation said Thursday its members voted overwhelmingly to reject a contract offer from Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, and were preparing for a possible strike.

Sep 22 2016

Order blocking permit for ThyssenKrupp Brazil mill lifted

RIO DE JANEIRO A Brazilian judge on Thursday lifted an injunction blocking Rio de Janeiro from granting an operating license for ThyssenKrupp AG's Cia Siderurgica do Atlantico steel mill, saying there were no irregularities in the 11-year permit process.

Sep 21 2016

Petrobras CEO says U.S. lawsuit will not derail recovery plan

RIO DE JANEIRO A U.S. class-action lawsuit over corruption at Brazil's Petrobras will not overshadow the state oil company's $74 billion, five-year plan to slash its crippling debt and refocus on its core business, chief executive officer Pedro Parente said on Wednesday.

Sep 21 2016

Petrobras CEO sees no significant impact from U.S. lawsuit, DOJ case

RIO DE JANEIRO Petróleo Brasileiro SA will not have to pay a significant amount to settle a U.S. Justice Department probe or a class action lawsuit over a corruption case at the Brazilian state-controlled oil company, Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente told Reuters on Wednesday.

Sep 20 2016

Petrobras cuts spending, raises asset sales goal in five-year plan

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO Brazil's state-led oil company Petrobras on Tuesday cut planned investments by 25 percent in a drive to reduce the largest debt burden among global petroleum producers and revive investor confidence battered by a corruption scandal.

Sep 19 2016

Petrobras expected to cut investment, output in 2017-21 plan

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's heavily indebted state-led oil company Petrobras will likely cut planned investment by about a sixth and its 2020 output goal by 14 percent under a five-year strategic plan scheduled for release Tuesday before markets open, according to analysts.

Sep 19 2016

PREVIEW-Petrobras expected to cut investment, output in 2017-21 plan

RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept 19 Brazil's heavily indebted state-led oil company Petrobras will likely cut planned investment by about a sixth and its 2020 output goal by 14 percent under a five-year strategic plan that could be released as early as Monday after markets close, according to analysts.

Sep 16 2016

Brazil oil workers reject Petrobras wage offer; strike is possible

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's largest oil workers union strongly rejected on Friday a proposal from Petrobras for a deal over salaries and benefits in their annual talks, increasing the risk of a new strike at the state-led oil company.

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