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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 20 2018

Women call on Liberia's Weah to keep his promise of equal land rights

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A promise by Liberian President George Weah to change laws that discriminate against women is spurring campaigners to push for legal reform to protect wives' land rights.

May 31 2018

Hope for evicted forest people as Kenya vows to honor landmark ruling

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya's Ogiek people are optimistic of returning to their ancestral forests as the government has pledged to honor a landmark ruling ordering reparations for forced evictions, in a judgment that could impact others with similar land claims.

May 23 2018

Education is key to ending UK's 'silent epidemic' of domestic abuse

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain needs to provide children who witness domestic violence with more support to break the cycle of abuse, campaigners said on Wednesday, as the government plans to introduce a law boosting protection for victims.

May 14 2018

Kenya court rejects plea for equal property rights in divorce

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Kenyan court on Monday rejected a plea for a change to the laws on how property should be split in divorce cases, a ruling activists said was a blow for women's rights in the country.

May 03 2018

Kenyan fishermen win millions for loss of rights to new port

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists hailed a Kenyan court for ordering that almost 5,000 fishermen at a 14th century World Heritage Site receive millions in compensation for the loss of traditional fishing rights due to the construction of a major port.

Apr 26 2018

Liberians plan sit-in to pressure Weah to protect land rights

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Chiefs across Liberia are petitioning lawmakers while activists prepare for a sit-in protest in the nation's capital as they push to secure ancestral land rights, regarded as key to averting renewed bloodshed in the resource-rich country.

Apr 24 2018

Kenya's forest people hope reforms will stem graft and evictions

CHEPKITALE, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cosmas Murunga, an elder from Kenya's forest-dwelling Ogiek community, pointed at a beehive in a tree a few meters from his grass-thatched house on the mist-swathed slopes of Mount Elgon.

Apr 19 2018

Kenya suspends land allocation as nine injured in attacks

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya suspended a land distribution program on Thursday after nine people were shot or attacked with crude weapons in six days, with local officials facing investigation for their role.

Apr 17 2018

Kenyan officials resolute over land allocation despite machete attack

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Officials in central Kenya vowed to press on with a controversial land distribution exercise on Tuesday despite an armed attack on five men last week, in a case illustrating the challenges of resolving colonial-era conflicts.

Apr 12 2018

Controversial slum relocation kicks off in Rwanda's capital

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - About 1,000 families are readying to move out of a slum in the Rwandan capital as construction starts on a controversial city masterplan that aims to turn Kigali into Africa's Singapore.

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