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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 28 2017

Calls to end Africa's 'horrific' land deals after Indian firm's fallout

MUMBAI/ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Large-scale land deals by investors in Africa are coming under greater scrutiny after an Indian firm demanded compensation for the cancellation of its lease by Ethiopia, with analysts saying they are hurting local communities and damaging ecosystems.

Nov 22 2017

FEATURE-Does a struggling Ethiopian model town offer lessons for the future?

BURANEST, Ethiopia, Nov 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A group of shepherds amble slowly down the main thoroughfare of Buranest, a tiny village in a far-flung corner of northern Ethiopia.

Oct 09 2017

Despite abuses, expelled Ethiopians hope to be smuggled back to Saudi Arabia

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ethiopian maid Zenit Ali has post-traumatic stress disorder after being mistreated by her Saudi Arabian employer and deported in a government crackdown, but she still hopes to return to the Middle East.

Jul 25 2017

Demolitions gather pace in the heart of the Ethiopian capital

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Ababaker sat in his car staring through the window at the remains of his family business across the road.

May 16 2017

Trafficked into slavery: The dark side of Addis Ababa's growth

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - It was the promise of education in Addis Ababa that led 11- year-old Embet to take the fateful decision to leave home.

May 03 2017

Ethiopia's deadly rubbish dump landslide sparks landrights battle

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aworar Meka had been living and working at the Reppi rubbish dump in Addis Ababa for only one month when tragedy struck.

Apr 06 2017

Multi-million dollar deal for Somaliland's historic port sparks land rush

BERBERA, Somaliland (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The land along the road into Berbera is barren and empty. Somaliland's small, rusty Gulf of Aden port which for centuries made the town prosperous rises suddenly out of the ground as the road hits the coast.

Apr 04 2017

Multi-million dollar deal for Somaliland's historic port sparks land rush

BERBERA, Somaliland (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The land along the road into Berbera is barren and empty. Somaliland's small, rusty Gulf of Aden port which for centuries made the town prosperous rises suddenly out of the ground as the road hits the coast.

Mar 08 2017

Can a failed Rwandan housing project offer lessons for the future?

KIGALI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Marie-Claire Kayeze sat in front of her home, surrounded by her seven children, clutching a letter.

Mar 02 2017

No work means Ethiopia is no home for refugees - report

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A ban on Eritrean refugees working in Ethiopia is hampering efforts to reduce illegal “secondary” migration, with tens of thousands risking violence and drowning in pursuit of a better life, the Overseas Development Institute said on Thursday.

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