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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 13 2017

'You're an outcast': VR film makes Londoners homeless on the streets

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Londoners were moved to tears while watching a virtual reality video in which they were spat on while sleeping rough in a tunnel and stared at by shoppers while begging on a busy street.

Dec 05 2017

As UK land value hits 5 trillion pounds, calls for new tax rise

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Land is Britain's most valuable asset, increasing more than fivefold since 1995, the country's statistics office said on Tuesday, prompting calls to introduce a new tax to curb a soaring housing market driven by rising land prices.

Dec 05 2017

France's war on waste makes it most food sustainable country

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A war on waste food in France, where supermarkets are banned from throwing away unsold food and restaurants must provide doggy bags when asked, has helped it secure the top spot in a ranking of countries by their food sustainability.

Dec 04 2017

Ed Sheeran up for offensive fundraising award, but charities defend videos

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A charity appeal starring singer Ed Sheeran has been branded exploitative "poverty tourism" as campaigners drew up a shortlist of the year's worst fundraising appeals, but charities say the videos have helped to raise tens of millions of dollars.

Nov 29 2017

London mayor launches 'garden grab' to solve housing crisis

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - London's mayor said on Wednesday that he will tackle a chronic housing shortage by allowing denser construction and developing small sites like gardens and shops, in a move criticized by one opponent as a "garden grab".

Nov 10 2017

Self-designed homes could provide sustainable future for liberated Mosul

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Self-designed homes based on traditional Iraqi architecture could be the solution to the drastic housing crisis facing Mosul, where hundreds of thousands are expected to return following the end of three years of Islamic State occupation.

Oct 10 2017

Drama about growing hunger in Britain prompts call for action

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain's opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is calling for "dramatic" action to tackle growing hunger and poverty after seeing a play based on real-life events that showed parents skipping meals to feed their children.

Sep 20 2017

Teens risk suicide, drugs and AIDS due to gender "straitjacket": study

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Gender stereotypes put girls as young as 10 at risk of HIV/AIDS and depression, and lead boys to abuse drugs and commit suicide, a major study across 15 countries said on Wednesday.

Sep 19 2017

Private sponsorship of refugees grows, along with resettlement needs

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Britain and Argentina are among a growing number of countries allowing ordinary citizens to pay for refugee care, lodging and other assistance, as global resettlement needs outstrip places available 13-fold, a Canadian-led initiative said.

Sep 07 2017

London mayor tackles city's affordable housing crisis with purchase plan

London The mayor of London plans to spend 250 million pounds buying land to tackle the city's affordable housing crisis, which he described on Wednesday as the single biggest barrier to prosperity for Londoners.

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