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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

Jan 19 2018

All-woman band smashes stereotypes of gender, caste in rural India

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An all-woman band is shattering stereotypes of gender and caste in a village in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, among the poorest and least developed in the country.

Jan 18 2018

Poor urban planning to blame for pricey housing and expanding slums, experts say

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Urban planners in many cities around the world are imposing regulations that discourage the creation of affordable housing while slums expand, experts said.

Jan 17 2018

Poor minorities left behind in Indian cities boom

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Arun Kumar, who heads a Mumbai charity, works with his team in some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, helping residents lobby officials for civic amenities such as water, toilets and public health centers.

Jan 17 2018

Roof gardens and recycling: Indian cities find ways to go green

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Efforts to bolster Indian cities against climate change and make them greener must include citizens who are being hit hard by rising temperatures and frequent urban flooding, said officials.

Jan 16 2018

Investment rises in mini-grids as India races to meet energy goal

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rising investment in mini-grids in India signals growing business interest in the sector, despite a lack of clear government policy, as the country races to meet its goal of providing energy for all in just two years, analysts said.

Jan 15 2018

Orange passports for India's migrant workers create 'second class citizens'

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's plan to introduce orange-colored passport jackets for some migrant workers is discriminatory and could increase the vulnerability of workers often duped by middlemen who promise them jobs, said legal experts and campaigners.

Jan 15 2018

India's digital ID project could violate rights of millions, campaigners say

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's ambitious biometric identity project could lead to millions of people being denied access to essential services and benefits in violation of their human rights, campaigners said, ahead of key court hearings on the legitimacy of the program.

Jan 12 2018

From coconut plucking to sewer cleaning: Indian startups solve challenges

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From the manual cleaning of sewers to plucking coconuts from trees - authorities in southern India are inviting startups to find innovative ways to help those carrying out society's dirtiest and most dangerous jobs.

Jan 11 2018

Gay Indian prince throws open palace doors to vulnerable LGBT people

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The only openly gay prince in India - where same sex relations are illegal - is throwing open his palace doors to lesbians, gays, transgender and other Indians shunned for their sexuality.

Jan 11 2018

Indian court orders probe into homeless being denied shelter due to lack of ID

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Uttar Pradesh state officials must investigate whether homeless people are denied access to shelters because they don't have identity cards, which they cannot obtain without an address, India's highest court has ordered.

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