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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

Jun 13 2018

Italian city gets football hooligans cleaning to end violence

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amid concerns over violence at the World Cup in Russia, one Italian city claims to have found the answer to football hooliganism - make rowdy fans swap brass knuckles for brooms.

Jun 08 2018

Award-winning smart drones to take on illegal fishing

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Drones guided by artificial intelligence to catch boats netting fish where they shouldn't were among the winners of a marine protection award on Friday and could soon be deployed to fight illegal fishing, organizers said.

Jun 06 2018

REFILE-Mafia villa to become LGBT shelter in Italy

LONDON, June 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A villa seized from the mafia near Naples is to become a shelter for LGBT Italians and migrants who have fled discrimination in their home countries, in a bid to foster acceptance in Italy's conservative south, local officials said on Wednesday.

Jun 06 2018

EU same-sex marriage challenger says battle not over

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Romanian man who mounted a legal challenge over his country's refusal to give his American husband residency said on Wednesday the battle was not over despite a landmark ruling in his favor from the European Union's top court.

Jun 03 2018

Threatening wilderness, dams fuel protests in the Balkans

KRUSCICA, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For almost a year, a clutch of Bosnian women has kept watch over a wooden bridge to disrupt the march of hydropower - part of a Balkan-wide protest against the damming of Europe's wild rivers.

Jun 01 2018

Film brings defiant women directors to Sundance

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The director of a film that showcases the personal struggles of successful female directors in male-dominated Hollywood has said she hopes to inspire more women to take up filmmaking at a time of intense concern over gender inequality in the industry.

May 31 2018

Sundance filmmakers want women to swap casting couch for director's chair

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women must get off the casting couch and into the director's chair if Hollywood is to move on from the #MeToo sexual harassment scandal, filmmakers said on Thursday at the British opening of the Sundance Film Festival.

May 22 2018

Britain wins praise for rainbow flag to support "second class" citizens in Belarus

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leading rights groups praised the British embassy in Minsk on Tuesday for flying a rainbow flag to support sexual minorities in one of Europe's most homophobic states, after Belarus condemned the UK for challenging its "traditional values".

May 22 2018

Save the Children U.K. 'failed' female staff over sexual harassment - ex-chair

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Save the Children failed its female staff in its handling of sexual misconduct complaints against senior employees, the British charity's former chairman said on Tuesday.

May 21 2018

In Britain, chefs stir up food waste revolution in the kitchen

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a young cook working in a high-end restaurant, Douglas McMaster once saw hundreds of gem lettuces peeled directly into the bin and thrown out with only their root served - as garnish.

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