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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

15 Jan 2018

Venezuela says five 'terrorists' arrested, others killed after shootout

CARACAS Venezuelan authorities on Monday arrested five members of a "terrorist cell" linked to self-proclaimed rogue Venezuelan helicopter pilot Oscar Perez, and killed several other militants during a shootout in a poor area outside Caracas.

06 Jan 2018

Caracas shops mobbed as Venezuela's Maduro forces price cuts

CARACAS Mobs gathered outside some Caracas supermarkets on Saturday after the government ordered shops to slash prices, creating chaos as desperate Venezuelans leapt at the chance to buy cheaper food as the country's worsening economy causes severe shortages.

06 Jan 2018

Venezuela supermarkets besieged after government forces price cuts

CARACAS Mobs of Venezuelans gathered outside some Caracas supermarkets on Saturday after President Nicolas Maduro's government forced shops to slash prices, the latest unrest in the country's food shortage crisis.

31 Dec 2017

Venezuela raises minimum wage 40 percent, stoking world's fastest inflation

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a 40 percent increase to the minimum wage as of January, a move that will foment what many economists already consider hyperinflation in the oil-rich but crisis-stricken nation.

31 Dec 2017

Venezuela's Maduro is destructive King Herod, warns ex-oil czar

CARACAS A former oil minister excoriated Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a newspaper column on Sunday, accusing the leftist leader of behaving like biblical King Herod and plunging the oil-rich nation into economic devastation.

20 Dec 2017

Exclusive: PDVSA in talks with Trafigura to swap over 10 pct of crude output - documents

CARACAS/HOUSTON Venezuela's PDVSA and international trading company Trafigura are in discussions to swap over 10 percent of the South American country's crude output for imported fuels for domestic use, according to draft documents viewed by Reuters on Wednesday.

20 Dec 2017

Venezuela's Maduro says 'terrorists' stole weapons from military unit

CARACAS Venezuelan leftist President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday that "terrorists" had broken into a National Guard unit over the weekend and stolen weapons, the latest sign of volatility in the oil-rich country convulsed by a profound economic crisis.

18 Dec 2017

Lights back on in Venezuela after five-hour blackout

CARACAS A power outage hit parts of the Venezuelan capital Caracas as well as the nearby states of Miranda and Vargas for around five hours on Monday, in what critics said was another sign of the oil-rich nation's economic meltdown.

16 Dec 2017

Paralysis at PDVSA: Venezuela's oil purge cripples company

CARACAS/HOUSTON Decisions at some joint ventures with foreign firms are delayed. A growing number of oil tankers sit idle because no one authorizes payments. Employees struggle to get approval for routine expenses, from taxis to training.

15 Dec 2017

Paralysis at PDVSA - Venezuela's oil purge cripples company

CARACAS/HOUSTON Decisions at some joint ventures with foreign firms are delayed. A growing number of oil tankers sit idle because no one authorizes payments. Employees struggle to get approval for routine expenses, from taxis to training.

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