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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

Nov 07 2017

Victims of Brazil's biggest environmental disaster still fighting for compensation

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmer Marino D'Ângelo Júnior resorted to anti-depressants after a flood of mud destroyed his village when a dam collapsed at Brazil's Samarco iron ore mine two years ago, releasing millions of tonnes of thick reddish-brown sludge.

Oct 30 2017

Brazil's young indigenous musicians rap for land rights

RIO DE JANIERO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The opening ceremony of Brazil's World Cup in 2014 also marked the kickoff of a campaign by teenager Werá Jeguaka Mirim to fight for indigenous land rights through his rap songs.

Oct 29 2017

Security tightened after illegal miners attack government posts in the Amazon

RIO DE JANIERO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Brazilian army and police officers have ramped up security in the northern town of Humaitá in the Amazon region after illegal gold miners set fire to the offices of government environmental watchdogs, officials said on Sunday.

Oct 19 2017

Brazil's fight against slavery seen at risk with new labor rules

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Victims of slave labor in Brazil are less likely to be rescued following a government decree that changes the country's definition of slavery and weakens the hand of inspectors, campaigners and human rights officials say.

Oct 16 2017

Exclusive: Delhi, Sao Paulo seen as worst megacities for sex attacks on women - poll

NEW DELHI/SAO PAULO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five years after the fatal gang rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi, the Indian capital was on Monday paired with Brazil's Sao Paulo as the world's worst megacities for sexual violence against women in a poll by the Thomson Reuters Foundation. | Video

Oct 10 2017

Brazilian activist awarded for fight against Amazon rainforest dam

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Brazilian activist on Tuesday won a top international honor for her long fight against a giant hydroelectric dam in the Amazon rainforest that has forced tens of thousands of indigenous people from their homes.

Sep 26 2017

Mobile app uses real-time satellite data to strengthen forest and land rights

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A mobile app launched on Tuesday will allow indigenous people, forest managers and law enforcement officials in remote areas to monitor deforestation and fires regardless of connectivity, according to developers.

Sep 18 2017

Stronger forest protection key to Amazon replanting push - experts

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An ambitious Amazon restoration effort could help cut forest losses in Brazil - but only if it is combined with stronger policies to curb logging and agricultural expansion in forest areas, environmentalists and scholars say.

Sep 13 2017

A decade of indigenous rights sees troubled progress in Brazil, advocates say

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A ten-year anniversary of the United Nation's landmark recognition of indigenous rights finds slow progress in Brazil, which has the largest diversity of native people in the world, leaders and advocates said on Wednesday.

Sep 12 2017

Reported murder of 'uncontacted' tribe exposes mining threats in Brazil's Amazon

RIO DE JANEIRO (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Endangered indigenous tribes are increasingly facing threats from miners in the Amazon rainforest amid budget cuts to the Brazilian government agency responsible for protecting them, local officials and activists say.

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