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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

Nov 15 2017

Threats and torn maps test India's digitization of century-old land titles

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's push to digitize its land records to minimize conflicts and increase transparency of transactions is marred by torn maps, tradition and disputes dating back decades, according to an analysis of the progress made by three states.

Nov 15 2017

Activists demand repeal of India tree-planting law hurting forest dwellers

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists are demanding the repeal of a law to increase forest cover by planting more trees, saying it is encouraging deforestation and depriving indigenous communities of their settlements and livelihoods.

Nov 14 2017

'They beat him with sticks', says villager of killing of Myanmar land rights defender

(This version of the story corrects the last name in paragraph 14 to Franco)

Nov 12 2017

India rejects U.N. official's criticism of sanitation drive

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Indian government has rejected criticism of its ambitious sanitation program by a United Nations official who said lower-caste communities had their rights violated by being left to clean toilets built in a nationwide drive.

Nov 10 2017

Delhi's toxic smog hurting homeless, slum dwellers most

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A toxic smog that has smothered New Delhi this week and triggered a pollution emergency, is hurting the homeless and those living in slums the most, said activists and doctors, as city officials struggled to contain the crisis.

Nov 10 2017

Photo of elephants fleeing mob fuels debate on battle for land in India

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A photograph of an elephant and her calf fleeing a mob, fire bombs at their feet, has sparked a debate in India about the rising conflict between humans and animals for land as wildlife habitats come under mounting pressure.

Nov 09 2017

India urges private sector to report sex pests after #MeToo

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amid global efforts to crack down on sex harassment in the work place, India is reaching out to women in the private sector, urging them to report sex pests via an online portal previously restricted to government staff.

Nov 09 2017

Women lead sugar fight as Cambodia sours on land deals

PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For generations, Tep Them's family has grown rice, reared cattle and collected resin from the forest to eke out a living and set aside a little extra.

Nov 09 2017

Calls for action after Myanmar land rights activist beaten to death

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Activists want a thorough investigation into the killing of a land rights activist in Myanmar, and greater protection of land defenders, amid a sharp increase in territorial disputes.

Nov 09 2017

Part-time jobs could fix India's farming crisis: analysts

HYDERABAD, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As farmers in India struggle with dwindling incomes and soaring costs, with huge debts triggering a wave of suicides, experts said one solution may be to only work part-time on the land.

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