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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

13 Jan 2018

Brazil's Meirelles says S&P downgrade will not affect growth

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said on Saturday that a recent decision by Standard & Poor's to cut the nation's credit rating will not affect 2018 economic growth.

26 Dec 2017

Government struggling to organize Eletrobras unit sales: sources

SAO PAULO The Brazilian government is struggling to agree on terms for a sale of distribution units owned by Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, two sources with knowledge of the situation told Reuters, a development that could hold up the privatization of the rest of the state-run utility.

21 Dec 2017

Boeing in talks with Embraer; Brazil backs jetliner alliance

SAO PAULO/RIO DE JANEIRO Planemakers Boeing Co and Embraer SA are discussing a "potential combination," they said on Thursday, in a move that could consolidate a global passenger jet duopoly provided Brazil's government gives its blessing.

20 Dec 2017

Oi creditors approve largest-ever Latin American restructuring

RIO DE JANEIRO Creditors in Brazilian telecoms company Oi SA approved early on Wednesday morning a plan to restructure $20 billion in debt owed by the firm, overcoming the main hurdle in Latin America's largest-ever bankruptcy process.

05 Dec 2017

Natural gas in Petrobras pipelines up about 23 pct in 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec 5 The supply of natural gas in the pipeline network of Brazilian state oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA likely grew about 23 percent this year compared with 2016, an executive said on Tuesday.

04 Dec 2017

Support for Brazil's pension reform more organised - lawmaker

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO The government of Brazil's President Michel Temer is far from assembling the coalition needed to pass a landmark pension reform, but potential supporters of the measure are now more organised, a key legislator said on Monday.

14 Nov 2017

Petrobras third-quarter profit disappoints on non-recurring charges

RIO DE JANEIRO Petróleo Brasileiro SA's third-quarter profit missed analysts' forecasts for a big rise as the Brazilian state-controlled oil company blamed weak margins in refining and non-recurring charges for the lackluster result.

27 Oct 2017

Brazil confident of oil auction, appeals injunction

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil's government has appealed an injunction suspending a pre-salt oil auction and expects the bidding to go ahead as planned on Friday, the Mining and Energy minister Fernando Coelho Filho told Reuters.

28 Sep 2017

Exxon Mobil bets on Brazil, buys 10 oil blocks in auction

RIO DE JANEIRO Exxon Mobil Corp vastly expanded its presence in Brazil on Wednesday, winning 10 blocks in the country's 14th round of bidding for oil exploration and production rights, helping the cash-strapped nation fetch a record 3.8 billion reais ($1.19 billion).

19 Sep 2017

Brazil's BNDES lambasts JBS CEO switch, seeks family's removal

RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO JBS SA's decision to replace the Brazilian company's jailed chief executive with his father was a sign of "deviousness" and should be investigated, the head of state development bank BNDES, the company's second-largest shareholder, said on Monday.

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