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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

May 17 2018

Regional court to judge Sierra Leone schools ban for pregnant girls

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A West African court is to examine a ban on pregnant girls going to school in Sierra Leone in a landmark case that campaigners say could strengthen girls' rights across the region.

May 16 2018

'Vicious cycle' as conflict uproots millions in Africa

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Violence and conflict in sub-Saharan Africa forced 15,000 people from their homes every day in 2017, double the previous year's figure, an international monitoring center said on Wednesday, urging more help for those displaced within their own countries.

May 15 2018

Senegal's street children turn trauma into art in Africa's biggest exhibition

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Young boys who were forced to beg on the streets for Islamic teachers have turned their suffering into art, as they join more than 1,000 artists showing their work at Africa's biggest and oldest biennale art exhibition in Senegal this month.

May 09 2018

Congo Ebola outbreak met with rapid response after West African crisis

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Six months after an Ebola outbreak was confirmed in West Africa in March 2014, the World Health Organization declared an international emergency and called for help. The disease went on to ravage three countries and kill over 11,000 people.

May 03 2018

U.N. calls for urgent aid to Sahel as hunger crisis looms

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Five million people in West Africa's Sahel region will need food aid in the coming months following a drought, but current funding will be insufficient to prevent starvation, the United Nations said on Thursday.

May 02 2018

Congo sex slavery conviction shows progress towards justice: rights groups

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Democratic Republic of Congo's jailing of a warlord for sexual slavery shows it is cracking down on a longstanding culture of impunity, rights groups and lawyers said on Wednesday.

Apr 17 2018

Ethnic violence pushes Malians into Burkina Faso crisis zone

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ethnic violence in central Mali has driven 3,000 people into northern Burkina Faso since February, straining dwindling food and medical supplies in that part of the West African nation, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Apr 17 2018

Malaria in conflict zones threatens global progress against the disease

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Global gains in the fight against malaria could be reversed unless countries control the disease in conflict zones, where deaths and infections are rising, experts said on Tuesday.

Apr 13 2018

Hospitals under pressure after clashes in Central African Republic's capital

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At least 135 people have been injured in the worst outbreak of violence in years in the Central African Republic's capital, aid agencies said on Friday, straining hospital trauma centers.

Apr 12 2018

'Silent, invisible' malnutrition seen as threat to generations in Congo

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Starving children are the glaring face of Congo's humanitarian crisis, but millions more people are suffering slow onset malnutrition which could have harmful effects for generations, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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