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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 10 2017

FEATURE-As trees fall to development in Islamabad, protesters fight back

ISLAMABAD, Dec 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A decade ago, artist Suleman Shams left Lahore and moved his family to Pakistan’s tree-lined capital, drawn by the city's green and peaceful character.

Nov 09 2017

With early warning, Karachi cools a heatwave threat

KARACHI, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When an unseasonal and potentially deadly heatwave loomed on weather forecasts last month, authorities in this port city took an unusual step: They issued a public warning, a full week in advance.

Oct 17 2017

FEATURE-After an August drenching, Karachi confronts rising flood risk

KARACHI, Pakistan, Oct 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In late August, a month’s worth of rain fell on Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi in two days, leaving residents wading through waist-deep water, amid stalled vehicles and the bodies of dead animals floating through the streets.

Sep 09 2017

Women pickers toil unprotected in Pakistan's cotton fields

VEHARI, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Widow Amina Batool has labored in Pakistan's scorching cotton fields for nearly eight years to eke out a living and feed and clothe her two children.

Jul 09 2017

In power-short Pakistan, switch to solar power hit by rumors

LARKANA, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mohammad Aslam has finally found a way to give his family relief from extended power cuts. In February this year he installed a 300-watt solar power generating system on the roof of his house.

Jun 11 2017

Gas shortages risk reversing ambitious push to expand Pakistan's forests

ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Each winter, a familiar sight crops up in Islamabad and the nearby bustling city of Rawalpindi: people queuing outside firewood shops, waiting their turn to fill bags or plastic baskets with wood to burn when their household gas supply is disrupted.

May 02 2017

Pakistan ramps up coal power with Chinese-backed plants

ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With much of the world pouring investments into renewable and clean energy, Pakistan is drawing criticism for welcoming Chinese investment in coal-fired power plants as part of a plan to boost urgently needed generating capacity.

Apr 12 2017

Kidnapping, forced marriage: Pakistan's Hindu women hope for protection in new law

ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sapna Gobia is busy preparing for her wedding in Pakistan in a few weeks. In many ways, her wedding will follow traditions passed down through generations, with the bride and groom circling a sacred fire lit by their families.

Mar 27 2017

Poor farmers – unlike rich - face uphill battle with Pakistan’s climate extremes

BAKRANI, Pakistan (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Since his father died in 2011, Moeez Assadullah has been looking after his family’s farm alone.

Feb 07 2017

Pakistan seeks to curb child, forced marriages with harsher punishment

ISLAMABAD (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistan has outlawed child marriage and toughened penalties for those guilty of the crime in an effort to crack down on the practice which is estimated to affect one in five girls in the country.


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