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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

21 Nov 2017

Still battling for independence, Lebanon to mark national day

BEIRUT Lebanon marks its independence on Wednesday with its sovereignty as compromised as ever by the agendas of foreign states that have shaped its history since the French mandate ended in 1943.

23 Oct 2017

In Beirut, play about Syria's war gets as close to home as it can

(This version of the October 22 story corrects ages of director and writer)

26 May 2017

Surgeons in Lebanon offer hope to wounded Syrian refugees

TRIPOLI, Lebanon Six operations have failed to cure the constant pain that Ismael Moustafa suffers since he was wounded in an airstrike on his village in Syria three years ago.

17 May 2017

Ceaseless Middle East wars forcing change in approach to medical care

(This version of May 11 story has been refiled to fix typographical error in paragraph 13) | Video

17 May 2017

Ceaseless Middle East wars forcing change in approach to medical care

BEIRUT - The Middle East's protracted conflicts have caused a region-wide health crisis that goes beyond war wounds to heightened resistance to antibiotics and a collapse in vaccination drives, leading to a resurgence of diseases tamed in peacetime.

22 Feb 2017

Far from Brooklyn, Iraq's hipsters declare war on poor dress sense

ERBIL, Iraq With their waxed moustaches, precision-clipped beards and dapper clothes, members of the Mr. Erbil gentleman's club look like the smarter residents of Brooklyn or Shoreditch. | Video

15 Feb 2017

U.S. commander expects tough battle in western Mosul

NORTH OF MOSUL, Iraq Islamic State will put up a tough fight in the western side Mosul that remains under its control despite the losses the group suffered so far in the battle for the Iraqi, a U.S. commander said on Wednesday.

02 Feb 2017

Iraq faces challenge of educating Mosul's displaced children

MOSUL, Iraq Yousef, 14, pushes a wheelbarrow through a sprawling camp in Iraq running errands for pennies, the only source of income for his family of 11.

27 Jan 2017

WFP, short of funds, halves food rations to displaced Iraqis

ERBIL, Iraq The World Food Programme said on Friday it had halved the food rations distributed to 1.4 million Iraqis displaced in the war against Islamic State because of delays in payments of funds from donor states.

11 Apr 2016

Scuffles at Greek-Macedonian border, day after dozens injured

IDOMENI, Greece Scuffles broke out between migrants and Greek police on Monday after dozens tried to push a train carriage along rail tracks leading to Macedonia.

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