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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 14 2018

Brazilian farmers paid to "produce" water in fight against scarcity

PLANALTINA, Brazil (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Surveying a field of 50,000 green peppers, Daniel de Almeida proudly explains how he "produces" all the water needed by crops and livestock on his farm on the outskirts of Brasilia, a city about to end water rationing after a severe drought.

Apr 25 2018

U.N. environment chief calls for full probe into Brazil land activists' murders

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The escalation of violence against land rights activists in Brazil is of "deep concern", the United Nations' environment chief said on Wednesday, calling for a full and impartial investigation into the recent killings of three of them.

Apr 20 2018

Rush to house record number of Venezuelan refugees as rainy season looms in Brazil's north

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazilian authorities and aid groups are rushing to help tens of thousands of Venezuelan refugees before the start of the rainy season in northern Roraima state this month, even as government leaders clash over a request to close the border.

Apr 17 2018

Land activist and descendant of slaves slain in Brazil's Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A land rights activist and descendant of slaves has been shot dead in Brazil's Amazon, authorities said, raising concerns of increased violence tied to property disputes.

Apr 11 2018

Brazil averts "a massacre" by blocking eviction of Indians

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazil's highest court has averted a "massacre" by blocking the eviction of 5,000 indigenous people from disputed land, one of their leaders said, in a ruling that boosted ancestral claims.

Apr 09 2018

New projects in Brazil's Amazon? Not without congressional approval, says court

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazil's government has been told that development projects, including hydropower dams, in protected areas can no longer go ahead without the prior approval of lawmakers.

Mar 29 2018

Priest campaigning for Brazil's Amazon arrested for sex crimes and extortion

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Brazilian priest who risked his life campaigning for the landless has been arrested for sexual harassment and extortion but his lawyer said the charges are a ruse to stop his work.

Mar 23 2018

River-sharing deals mean water war 'is a myth', says global water body

BRASILIA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Agreements between countries that share the same river have helped to avoid about 1,800 conflicts in the past 50 years, the World Water Council (WWC) said.

Mar 21 2018

Water rationing in Brazil's capital to end by December, says governor

BRASILIA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Water rationing in Brazil's capital - one of an increasing number of cities facing shortages - will end by December with the completion of an expanded supply system, said the region's governor.

Mar 12 2018

'I pray every day' says Rio slum 'warrior' heading 15-year land title fight

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - "Dona Edir, Dona Edir" - the call is heard frequently in the narrow lanes of Canaa, a slum on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.

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