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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

Feb 09 2018

Glimmers of hope for families of Colombia's missing

SOGAMOSO, Colombia Margarita Lucia Fonnegra did not flinch when the needle pricked her finger. Others had needed reassurance from the forensic technician but the 71-year-old Colombian grandmother was ready. | Video

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 27 2018

Colombia bomb attack kills at least five police, wounds dozens

BOGOTA An early morning bomb attack outside a police station in Colombia's coastal city of Barranquilla killed at least five police officers and wounded 42 on Saturday, authorities said.

Nov 24 2017

Despite setbacks, Colombian leader, ex-rebel boss still back peace pact

BOGOTA Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and former FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono each promised on Friday their continued backing to a peace deal they signed a year ago, despite slow progress on parts of the accord.

Sep 09 2017

Pope, in Medellin, recalls 'painful memory' of narco wars

MEDELLIN, Colombia Pope Francis on Saturday visited Medellin, epicenter of Colombia's narco wars of the 1980s and asked that God convert the hearts of the "drug assassins" who cut short so many young lives. | Video

Sep 09 2017

On visit to Cartagena, Pope to honour 'slave of slaves' role model

BOGOTA/CARTAGENA, Colombia Pope Francis on Sunday pays homage to the social justice legacy of one of his role models, Saint Peter Claver, who ministered to slaves in Colombia in the 1600s, defying Spanish colonial masters who treated them as chattel.

Sep 09 2017

On visit to Cartagena, Pope to honor 'slave of slaves' role model

BOGOTA/CARTAGENA, Colombia Pope Francis on Sunday pays homage to the social justice legacy of one of his role models, Saint Peter Claver, who ministered to slaves in Colombia in the 1600s, defying Spanish colonial masters who treated them as chattel.

Sep 09 2017

Pope to see a Medellin that has put drug wars in its past

MEDELLIN, Colombia Pope Francis on Saturday travels to Medellin, once notorious as the stomping grounds of drug lord Pablo Escobar, to find a city transformed since his predecessor Pope John Paul visited in 1986.

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

Sep 01 2017

Colombia's FARC political party looks to coalition for 2018 elections

BOGOTA Colombia's disarmed FARC rebels have their eye on forming a political coalition for the 2018 elections, ex-rebel leaders said on Friday, as the group marked its transition to a political party with a concert in Bogota's central square.

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