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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

Dec 15 2017

From life as thugs to baking, El Salvador's ex-gang members seek peace

SAN SALVADOR Gang life in the poor Central American country of El Salvador is hard, but for a dozen former members of the feared 18th Street Gang, building a new life outside is no less difficult.

Jul 27 2017

Sessions, Central American counterparts eye anti-gang strategies

SAN SALVADOR/WASHINGTON U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and several of his Central American counterparts will explore strategies to combat criminal gangs during his visit to El Salvador, that country's foreign minister said on Thursday.

Jul 07 2017

At least one killed in blaze at El Salvador ministry

SAN SALVADOR A major fire broke out in El Salvador's Finance Ministry on Friday killing at least one person, injuring 22 and prompting some inside to jump from the building before the blaze was extinguished, officials said. | Video

May 12 2017

U.N. calls for probe into violence against transgender women in El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR An uptick in deadly violence against transgender women in El Salvador prompted the United Nations on Friday to call for an investigation into crimes against sexual minorities in the conservative Central American country.

Apr 19 2017

Waiting half a lifetime for justice in El Salvador

EL MOZOTE, El Salvador Survivors of 1981's El Mozote massacre are closer than ever to justice after the reopening of an investigation begun more than a quarter-century ago into the army-led killing of about 1,000 people, casting light on a horrific symbol of the unaccountability for atrocities in El Salvador's civil war.

Mar 28 2017

'Am I next?': Killings in El Salvador leave transgender people in fear

SAN JUAN TALPA, El Salvador (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every time the neighborhood dogs bark at night, Teresa, a 44-year-old transgender woman in El Salvador, wakes up in a panic.

Nov 24 2016

Magnitude 7 offshore quake shakes Central America, no damage seen

SAN SALVADOR A strong earthquake off the Pacific Coast of Central America shook the region on Thursday just as a hurricane barreled into the Caribbean coasts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica, but there were no immediate reports of any quake damage.

Nov 16 2016

Exclusive: Central America to seek Mexico's support after Trump win

GUATEMALA CITY/SAN SALVADOR Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have agreed to join forces and seek support from Mexico to forge a joint strategy in response to Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidency, El Salvador's foreign minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

Nov 15 2016

Central American plan launched to fight gangs, curb migration

NUEVA OCOTEPEQUE, Honduras The Central American nations of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador on Tuesday launched a joint security system to combat gangs and drug smuggling, as well as curtail migration and lower murders in one of the world's most violent regions.

Aug 24 2016

Hit by climate change, Central American coffee growers get a taste for cocoa

SAN SALVADOR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmer Abelardo Ayala took a tough decision on his estate in San Juan Tepezontes, a traditional coffee-producing region of El Salvador: to swap his coffee trees for cocoa as a warming climate hit his crop.

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