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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 23 2017

When Women Rule: Kenyan rebel evades child marriage and Maasai curses to win power

KAJIADO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After outmaneuvering her illiterate father three times by the age of 18 to escape his plans to make her a child bride, Peris Tobiko decided the only way to protect other Maasai girls in Kenya from harmful traditions was to become a leader.

Jul 20 2017

Squatters battle Kenya's ex-president and charities over wildlife park

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Samburu herders in Kenya are fighting for control of 17,000 acres of land that a former president sold to become a national park, in a case fraught with tensions over conservation and colonial dispossession.

Jun 29 2017

Kenya's nomads swap guns for tourist dollars to end turf wars

ISIOLO, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It looked like a hostage swap only the currency was livestock and the mission was to end decades of deadly clashes.

Jun 23 2017

Gucci purses and watermelons: dreaming of a better future for Kenya's hungry north

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya can escape the 'Groundhog Day' of recurrent hunger crises by investing in irrigated farming and leather tanneries in its arid lands, experts said on Friday, as poor spring rains have failed to relieve biting drought.

Jun 22 2017

Politics of Death: Colonial scars and drought feed Kenya land wars

LAIKIPIA, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenyan farmer Martin Evans pushed open the bullet-holed wooden door to reveal a pool of blood where Duncan Murimi, a manager at his cattle ranch in northern Kenya, had been shot by intruders.

Jun 20 2017

Maasai land loss raises tensions in Kenya ahead of elections

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya's opposition leader has raised tensions weeks ahead of elections by criticizing the Maasai community's sale of ancestral land to other ethnic groups in an area hit by political violence in the 1990s, land rights experts said.

Jun 13 2017

Record hunger in Horn of Africa pushes development banks to step in

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With a record-breaking 26.5 million people going hungry in the Horn of Africa, development banks are increasing their humanitarian funding to fill a gap left by traditional donors, a high-level mission said on Tuesday.

Jun 13 2017

Medics and school staff forcibly recruited in South Sudan's war

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Staff working in South Sudan's health centers and schools have been forcibly recruited by armed groups, causing facilities to close, the United Nations said, as it struggles to provide aid in one of the world's most dangerous war zones.

May 30 2017

British lawyer shines light on ‘dark shadows’ of colonial evictions

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Well-known in Kenya for successfully defending deputy-president William Ruto against war crimes charges, British lawyer Karim Khan has taken on another controversial case - digging into the "dark shadows" of the country's colonial past.

May 26 2017

African Court rules Kenya violates forest people's land rights

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya has violated the forest-dwelling Ogiek people's rights to land, religion, culture, development and non-discrimination, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights ruled on Friday, in its first decision on indigenous people's rights.

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