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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.

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13 Aug 2018

Indian miners drowning for sand despite government crackdown

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Raghunath Bartade watched helplessly as his brother was dragged off the sand-mining boat, his leg tangled in the anchor rope and his arms flailing as he sank into the murky creek near Mumbai.

09 Aug 2018

Class act: maid in Mumbai spotlights discrimination through stand-up

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Deepika Mhatre cooked meals, washed dishes and bathed babies for years as a domestic worker in Mumbai, until she discovered her true talent - stand up comedy.

08 Aug 2018

Indian state to probe children's shelters following sexual abuse cases

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A northern Indian state is conducting audits of all children's shelters after 23 girls and boys were rescued in a raid on one home where police said they were being sold for sex.

26 Jul 2018

Pakistan's transgender community says faced pushback at general election

MUMBAI/LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistan's transgender community faced pushback at the country's general election on Wednesday as five transgender candidates failed to win office and transgender observers and voters were blocked from polling stations, campaigners said.

23 Jul 2018

Ten million slaves go missing from survey in India

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An anti-slavery group has sharply reduced its estimate of enslaved people in India from 18 million two years ago to eight million today - a figure campaigners said was too low and could undermine efforts to fight the crime.

17 Jul 2018

Indian trafficking survivors push for new law, say sex worker fears unfounded

CHENNAI/MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human trafficking survivors are urging Indian lawmakers to support proposed legislation to fight the crime, after an opposition leader said it could be used to target consenting adults working in the sex industry.

16 Jul 2018

Indian trafficking survivors push for new law, say sex worker fears unfounded

CHENNAI/MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Human trafficking survivors are urging Indian lawmakers to support proposed legislation to fight the crime, after an opposition leader said it could be used to target consenting adults working in the sex industry.

13 Jul 2018

Text trap: Traffickers tap into India's digital boom to lure girls

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tanu had marvelled at her first smartphone when her Indian migrant worker husband gave it to her last November so the couple could stay connected. Before long, she was uploading pictures on Facebook and sending messages on Whatsapp.

10 Jul 2018

Death by Diamonds: Suicides wipe the shine off India's gem trade

SURAT (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After polishing diamonds destined for luxury stores from New York to Hong Kong for nearly 10 hours in a cramped workshop in western India, Vikram Raujibhai went home, waited for his family to leave, and locked the front door.

10 Jul 2018

INVESTIGATION-Death by Diamonds: Suicides wipe the shine off India's gem trade

SURAT, July 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After polishing diamonds destined for luxury stores from New York to Hong Kong for nearly 10 hours in a cramped workshop in western India, Vikram Raujibhai went home, waited for his family to leave, and locked the front door.

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