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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

Jun 21 2018

FEATURE-Plastic ban raises hopes for Kenya's sisal farmers

KIBWEZI, Kenya, June 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - K enyan farmer Sam Mung'ala once struggled to feed his family by growing cowpeas and sorghum. These days he is betting on a new type of merchandise: shopping bags.

Jun 12 2018

Nairobi looks for new water to ease its growing thirst

ONDIRI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When last year's prolonged drought saw the water supply to Damaris Kiarie's Nairobi home rationed, she decided her best bet was to buy water from a local vendor.

May 02 2018

Land shortages drive conflict over Kenya's wetlands

CHUKA, Kenya(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Phyllis Mugeni was watering her greens when she spotted a dozen armed men advancing from the lowlands to attack farmers working on the banks of the River Naka in the foothills of Mount Kenya.

Apr 23 2018

Rural Kenyans beat rising heat with mud-brick homes

KIVOO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Perched on a dirt tower on the edge of a bog in Kivoo village, eastern Kenya, Erastus Njiru applies finishing layers of mud to a pile of bricks.

Apr 06 2018

In traffic-tied Nairobi, the way forward may be on foot

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It is dawn along the Waiyaki Way highway on the northwest side of Nairobi, but road into town is already packed with traffic of every stripe.

Jan 12 2018

As slums face heat extremes, 'I feel really scared,' residents say

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At Mathari Hospital, flanking Nairobi’s Mathare slum, a grandmother waits in line to see a doctor, struggling to calm the crying baby in her arms.

Jan 07 2018

In Kenya, struggling potato growers ink a new deal

KIPIPIRI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sitting on a rickety bench at his home in Kipipiri, in central Kenya, Samuel Macharia pulls a piece of paper from his pocket and proudly points to the signature at the bottom.

Oct 30 2017

Parched Kenya looks to a new water source: volcanoes

GISHARU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - On the edge of Mt. Suswa, an active volcano in southwest Kenya's Rift Valley, Kipas Ole Masiodo checks on volcanic steam rising from cracks in the ground, careful not to let any go to waste.

Oct 26 2017

Fodder farming provides lifeline to drought-hit Kenyans

KIVAA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Peter Mutisya cuts through a yellowing grass field with a machete at his farm in Kivaa village, southern Kenya, laying knee-high blades of grass into a neat pile.

Jul 30 2017

FEATURE-With more than one crop, Kenyan farmers weather armyworm attacks

NYATIKE, Kenya, July 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In the fields visible from the bumpy dirt road leading to Ongare Owuoda's home, acres of maize plants with sagging leaves suggest farmers here will reap a poor harvest this season.

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