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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

19 Jul 2017

Kenyan leaders steer clear of hate speech before vote, but monitors wary

NAIROBI Kenyan politicians are steering clear of inflammatory rhetoric at large public rallies before next month's vote, but there are fears that hate speech is still spreading online and at smaller meetings out of sight of authorities, monitors said.

14 Jul 2017

Mobbed, robbed, accused of witchcraft, pollsters in Kenya say they're misunderstood

NAIROBI They've been kidnapped by bandits, accused of witchcraft, arrested, robbed, and swept away by flash floods. They've also been mobbed by angry voters and confronted by men offended that their wives are being interviewed instead of them. | Video

07 Jul 2017

Naked skydivers bid for world record in plea for British unity

NAIROBI As gloomy headlines multiplied in the wake of last year's Brexit vote, four Britons decided to cheer up their divided country by setting a new world record for skydiving. Naked.

30 Jun 2017

Tanzania to pass laws next week to renegotiate minerals contracts

DAR ES SALAAM/NAIROBI Tanzania's parliament should pass legislation next week that would allow it to force mining and energy companies to renegotiate their contracts, the justice minister said on Friday.

26 Jun 2017

Kenya ruling party promises to expand free education, healthcare

NAIROBI Kenya's ruling party promised to expand free education and healthcare in a manifesto published on Monday, but did not acknowledge problems in existing social services that have triggered strikes as elections approach.

05 Jun 2017

Anti-graft activist stirs up Kenyans with parliament campaign

NAIROBI Kenya's most flamboyant anti-corruption activist, Boniface Mwangi spent years enraging politicians with headline-grabbing stunts, once herding blood-drenched pigs to parliament to highlight legislators' sky-high salaries.

26 May 2017

Exclusive - Somali police get first drones to combat Islamist bombings

MOGADISHU/NAIROBI A former U.S. intelligence specialist has donated surveillance drones to police in Somalia, aiming to help combat a jump in deadly bombings by al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents.

09 May 2017

U.S. suspends aid to Kenyan health ministry over corruption concerns

NAIROBI The U.S. government has suspended $21 million in direct aid to Kenya's Ministry of Health amid concern over corruption, the embassy said on Tuesday, giving emphasis to an issue that is a growing liability for the government before August elections.

02 May 2017

Registration frenzy for candidates as Kenya election deadline nears

NAIROBIOutside Lucy Ndungu's Nairobi office, the line of angry aspiring politicians snaked down the stairs, out of the door and into the adjoining beer garden as hundreds lined up to register as independent candidates for Kenya's elections.

29 Apr 2017

Kenya police have not gathered evidence on Gallmann shooting - sources

NAIROBI Kenyan police have yet to take witness statements or gather ballistic evidence from the site of an ambush where gunmen wounded a world-famous conservationist, sources say, and are unable to give details about suspects they said they arrested.

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