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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

Mar 06 2017

No excuses for Ghana poverty 60 years after independence: president

ACCRA Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said on Monday the country had run out of excuses for failing to end poverty and corruption, 60 years after it became the first in sub-Saharan Africa to win independence from colonial rule.

Mar 01 2017

Ghana budget to target 6.5 percent deficit in 2017 - documents

ACCRA Ghana aims to narrow its budget deficit to 6.5 percent of gross domestic product this year and is forecasting GDP growth of 6.3 percent, according to documents by the new government outlining plans for the annual budget to be delivered on Thursday.

Feb 28 2017

Faith puts Ghana at heart of global Christianity

ACCRA Ghana is embracing the Christian faith with a fervour that is increasingly shaping its national identity.

Feb 21 2017

Ghana's new president promises action to fix "bad" economy

ACCRA Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo said in his first state of the nation address the economy was in a "bad way" but he would press ahead with a plan to create jobs, cut the budget deficit and improve sustainable agriculture.

Feb 15 2017

In Ghana, post-election fiscal crunch is politics as normal

ACCRA Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo has taken power with ambitious plans to revive once spectacular economic growth, only to discover a $1.6 billion hole in the budget and a deficit twice as high as expected. He may have a strong sense of deja vu.

Jan 08 2017

Ghana president faces outcry over plagiarism in inaugural speech

ACCRA Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo came under fire on Sunday when it emerged that his inaugural address plagiarized quotes from speeches by U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Dec 19 2016

Incoming Ghana government gives cocoa sector chance of fresh start

ACCRA Ghana's incoming government could give the country's $2 billion cocoa industry a boost if it installs a more transparent executive at industry regulator Cocobod and implements reforms, industry sources said.

Dec 10 2016

Ghana's next leader under pressure to deliver for impatient voters

ACCRA Ghana's President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo needs to act fast to deliver on his campaign promise to create jobs, restore rapid growth, build a dam in every village and a factory in every district if he is to satisfy an electorate eager for change. | Video

Dec 09 2016

Ghana's opposition leader Akufo-Addo wins presidential election

ACCRA Opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo won Ghana's national election, becoming president elect at the third attempt and cementing the country's reputation as a standard bearer of democracy in a region that has been blighted by civil wars and coups. | Video

Dec 08 2016

Ghana opposition leader says 'quietly confident' of election victory

ACCRA Ghana's main opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo said on Thursday he was "quietly confident" he had beaten President John Mahama and that his New Patriotic Party (NPP) had taken a majority of seats in parliament in this week's election. | Video


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