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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

06 Sep 2018

India decriminalizes gay sex, but battle for acceptance remains

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Jubilation broke out among India's sexual minorities on Thursday, as the country's top court decriminalized gay sex, but campaigners cautioned that much more needs to be done before achieving acceptance and equality.

30 Aug 2018

From sniggers to abuse: 'visibly different' LGBT Indians struggle for jobs

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At a busy New Delhi intersection, Kummi knocks on car windows and begs for money - the only job she says she is qualified for in India, where stigma denies transgender women like her education or employment.

26 Aug 2018

India wins praise for 'exemplary' flood relief as community pitches in

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From helicopters plucking families from rooftops to fishermen ferrying villagers to safety, India's response to deadly floods in Kerala has won praise, but experts say unchecked development contributed to the disaster.

23 Aug 2018

'Lost generation' looms for Rohingya refugee children without education

PHNOM PENH/NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rohingya refugee children who lack proper education in camps in Bangladesh could become a "lost generation", the United Nations said on Thursday, a year after Myanmar's army began a crackdown that has forced more than 700,000 people to flee the country.

21 Aug 2018

India cheers first woman wrestler to win gold at Asian Games

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India swelled with pride on Tuesday after Vinesh Phogat became the country's first woman wrestler to win gold at the Asian Games, with congratulations pouring in from her family, politicians and Bollywood celebrities.

10 Aug 2018

'Male bastion' falls as India's first female SWAT team starts work

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After more than a year of being put through their paces - learning to scale buildings, defuse bombs and rescue hostages - India's first all-female commando team started work on Friday, breaking a traditionally male bastion.

07 Aug 2018

Spider-Man in a thong? Indian artist redraws comic covers to call out sexism

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fancy seeing Spider-Man in a thong? Or Superman in a skimpy leotard? These images are part of a set of revamped comic book covers that aim to highlight the "sexist" depiction of superheroines, the artist behind the project said on Tuesday.

07 Aug 2018

Spider-Man in a thong? Indian artist redraws comic covers to call out sexism

NEW DELHI, Aug 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Fancy seeing Spider-Man in a thong? Or Superman in a skimpy leotard? These images are part of a set of revamped comic book covers that aim to highlight the "sexist" depiction of superheroines, the artist behind the project said on Tuesday.

06 Aug 2018

Indian state to pay for sex change in boost for transgender rights

KOCHI/NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - LGBT campaigners urged India's state governments on Monday to "learn a lesson" from Kerala after authorities in the wealthy southern state said they would cover the cost of gender reassignment surgeries.

06 Aug 2018

Indian state to pay for sex change in boost for transgender rights

KOCHI/NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - LGBT campaigners urged India's state governments on Monday to "learn a lesson" from Kerala after authorities in the wealthy southern state said they would cover the cost of gender reassignment surgeries.

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