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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

Four years after coup, Thais tire of corruption and democratic delays

BANGKOK When Thailand's army took power in a bloodless coup four years ago, it promised to bring happiness back to the "Land of Smiles" and return the country to democratic rule within two years.

May 02 2018

Hundreds gather near U.N. headquarters in Bangkok to protest against Thai military govt.

BANGKOK Hundreds gathered outside the United Nations' regional headquarters in Bangkok and two other locations on Wednesday to urge Thailand's military government to end what they say is the intimidation of community activists by authorities.

Apr 10 2018

In ageing Thailand, developers race to supply locals and elderly expats

BANGKOK At 79, Thai businessman Boon Vasin's latest $500 million venture is a bet on a market he knows well - looking after Thailand's rapidly growing population of old people.

Mar 20 2018

Thai graft agency investigates suspected theft of funds for the poor

BANGKOK A Thai anti-corruption agency is investigating the suspected misappropriation of up to 85 percent of money from a state fund for the poor in a new scandal to hit the military government, which has promised to clean up graft.

Mar 06 2018

Politics back in fashion in Thailand despite poll delays

Baan Saladin, Thailand Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha rowed a boat across a pond dotted with lotus leaves, planted some rice stalks in a field and turned to villagers who had come to meet him in Baan Saladin village in central Thailand.

Feb 21 2018

Thai junta says 'not concerned' about ousted PM Thaksin's Asia tour

BANGKOK Thailand is not concerned about the movement of fugitive former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, also an ousted former leader, after recent visits by the pair to several Asian cities and meetings with members of their party.

Feb 05 2018

Tick, tock; calls grow for Thai deputy PM to quit over watch scandal

BANGKOK A petition calling for the resignation of Thailand's deputy prime minister attracted thousands of signatures on Monday, heaping pressure on the junta's second-in-command to step aside amid a scandal over a luxury watch and undeclared assets.

Nov 30 2017

Thai politician eyes kingmaker role as election plotting starts

BANGKOK An election could be a year away in army-ruled Thailand, but Anutin Charnvirakul is already eyeing a role as a potential kingmaker with ties across the traditional political divide and to the politicized generals.

Oct 18 2017

Thailand's Buddhist monks order reforms ahead of royal transition

BANGKOK Under growing pressure from Thailand's military government, and their own religious bodies, Buddhist monks have launched a fresh round of reforms in recent weeks to clean up temples and overhaul a religion stalked by scandal.

Sep 23 2017

Thai junta leader, backers fuel suspicions of plans to stay in power

By Panarat Thepgumpanat, Patpicha Tanakasempipat and Panu Wongcha-um


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