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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

12 Apr 2018

Venerating the past, traditional costume fever grips Thailand

BANGKOK Business is booming for Siri Seatea's traditional dress shop in Bangkok. | Video

12 Apr 2018

Venerating the past, traditional costume fever grips Thailand

BANGKOK Business is booming for Siri Seatea's traditional dress shop in Bangkok. | Video

06 Apr 2018

Southeast Asia's idyllic islands buckle under tourism strain

SINGAPORE/BANGKOK The six-month closure of the Philippine tourism island of Boracay for a revamp after the country's president branded it a "cesspool" reflects the growing pressures on beach resorts across Southeast Asia as visitor numbers surge.

01 Apr 2018

Thai editor faces charges over picture of kings wearing masks

BANGKOK A Thai editor faces possible criminal charges for sharing a student's "disrespectful" picture of historic kings wearing face masks to highlight air pollution in the northern city of Chiang Mai.

21 Mar 2018

Asia a key battleground in fight against killer air pollution: U.N.

BANGKOK Asia is a critical battlefield in the global fight to rein in air pollution, registering about 5 million premature deaths each year, delegates at a United Nations conference said on Wednesday, as urged tougher enforcement of curbs.

06 Mar 2018

Politics back in fashion in Thailand despite poll delays

Baan Saladin, Thailand Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha rowed a boat across a pond dotted with lotus leaves, planted some rice stalks in a field and turned to villagers who had come to meet him in Baan Saladin village in central Thailand.

14 Feb 2018

Thailand bets on 'magic pills' to boost declining birth rate

BANGKOK Thailand has tried cash bonuses and tax incentives to boost the country's birth rate, but on Valentine's Day today it adopted a new approach - handing out vitamin pills. | Video

08 Feb 2018

Bangkok air pollution warning, children asked to stay indoors

BANGKOK Residents in Bangkok, one of the world's top tourist destinations, were warned on Thursday the city's air quality had hit dangerous levels just days after the country's pollution control agency appealed to residents to wear face masks.

05 Feb 2018

Tick, tock; calls grow for Thai deputy PM to quit over watch scandal

BANGKOK A petition calling for the resignation of Thailand's deputy prime minister attracted thousands of signatures on Monday, heaping pressure on the junta's second-in-command to step aside amid a scandal over a luxury watch and undeclared assets.

31 Jan 2018

Southeast Asia a 'hotspot' for antibiotic abuse, FAO official says

BANGKOK Overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food is rife in Southeast Asia, a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said on Wednesday, warning of serious risks for people and animals as bacterial infections become more resistant to treatment.

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