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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

Sep 19 2018

Burkina Faso arrests dozens for FGM in biggest crackdown yet

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Burkina Faso police have arrested at least 28 people for female genital mutilation, the biggest crackdown to date, after 50 girls were hospitalized, government officials said on Wednesday.

Sep 14 2018

Film on rape victims' recovery shows unseen side of Congo war

DAKAR, Sept 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new film on Netflix aims to make eastern Democratic Republic of Congo's brutal conflict feel personal as it follows rape victims' "awe-inspiring" path to recovery, said director Madeleine Gavin.

Sep 13 2018

Wind and solar farms could double rainfall in Sahara, scientists say

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Large-scale wind and solar farms could more than double rainfall in the Sahara desert, "shocked" scientists said as the region grapples with widespread hunger caused by recurrent drought.

Sep 12 2018

Interpol rescues 85 child slaves from Sudan's streets and gold mines

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly 100 human trafficking victims have been rescued in a major police operation in Sudan, including dozens of children forced to work in illegal gold mines, Interpol said on Monday.

Sep 05 2018

Women raped in Mauritania risk jail for seeking justice: report

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women raped in Mauritania are discouraged from reporting the crime because they themselves can be jailed for having sex outside of marriage, a rights group said on Wednesday.

Sep 05 2018

Ghana cocoa farmers harness the law to save forests, boost yields

NKWANTANUM, Ghana (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A policy that grants farmers ownership of timber trees on cocoa farms in Ghana could help boost yields and curb deforestation, according to government officials and an industry group.

Sep 03 2018

No safe haven for girls in crisis-hit Lake Chad region: survey

DAKAR, Sep 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Teenage girls living in Africa's insurgency-hit Lake Chad region have no safe haven from the violence, with beatings and abuse happening in their homes, on the streets and at school, a survey found on Monday.

Aug 30 2018

New drought insurance plan for Senegal will free up aid, save lives, charities say

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new drought insurance policy for Senegal will be a "game-changer" that allows aid agencies to save lives by responding more quickly to crises, charities said on Thursday.

Aug 30 2018

Can land rights for farmers save Ghana's cocoa sector?

NYAME NNAE, Ghana (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Since Emmanuel Agyekum took over a decade ago as chief of Nyame Nnae, a poor cocoa farming village in western Ghana, people's incomes have fallen and his worries have increased.

Aug 29 2018

Mini power grids bring promise of jobs to rural Nigerians: report

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nigeria is on the verge of a boom in mini power grids that could stimulate rural economies and bring jobs to frustrated youth thinking of leaving, researchers said on Wednesday.

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