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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

18 Jun 2018

FEATURE-Snake bites and chocolate: Costa Rican women teach tourists jungle secrets

BRIBRI, Costa Rica, June 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - To treat snake bites, bathe in a tea brewed from yellow button-shaped flowers, advises Melissa Espinoza Paez as she describes the medicinal properties of Costa Rica's jungle plants, pointing out towering vines used to combat kidney problems.

01 Jun 2018

Caribbean set to ride 'blue economy' wave, say economists

GRAND ANSE, Grenada (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Caribbean countries should dive into the "blue economy" to exploit marine resources, giving their economies a much needed boost, while protecting coastal eco-systems, economists said.

01 Jun 2018

Tackling heavy Caribbean debt is key to future disaster protection, leaders say

GRAND ANSE, Grenada (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Caribbean nations weighed down by debts must find ways to restructure what they owe to free up money for investment in climate-change resilience and disaster protection, country leaders said on Thursday.

31 May 2018

Hurricanes threaten Caribbean countries still recovering from 2017 storms: officials

GRAND ANSE, Grenada (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The onset of hurricane season this week could prove disastrous for Caribbean nations that were slammed by storms last year and are still struggling to rebuild in the face of funding shortfalls, said regional leaders.

28 May 2018

Youth orchestra changes the tune for Costa Rica shantytown

SAN JOSE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a trio of boys in the working-class neighborhood of La Carpio told Alicia Aviles they wanted to play musical instruments instead of football, she set her sights on creating a symphony orchestra for one of the poorest districts in Costa Rica's capital.

28 May 2018

FEATURE-Youth orchestra changes the tune for Costa Rica shantytown

SAN JOSE, May 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After a trio of boys in the working-class neighbourhood of La Carpio told Alicia Aviles they wanted to play musical instruments instead of football, she set her sights on creating a symphony orchestra for one of the poorest districts in Costa Rica's capital.

24 May 2018

Costa Rica's 'Little Jamaica' coast struggles to ride out climate storm

PLAYA COCLES, Costa Rica (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As towering waves smashed onto Costa Rica's Cocles beach, sucking away much of its sand, surf instructor Leo Downer was scared the coastal road, along with his Toyota car, would be washed into the Caribbean by the ferocious February storm.

24 May 2018

FEATURE-Costa Rica's "Little Jamaica" coast struggles to ride out climate storm

PLAYA COCLES, Costa Rica, May 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A s towering waves smashed onto Costa Rica's Cocles beach, sucking away much of its sand, surf instructor Leo Downer was scared the coastal road, along with his Toyota car, would be washed into the Caribbean by the ferocious February storm.

23 May 2018

Dominican Republic city prepares for hurricane season after 2017 devastation

TEPIC, Mexico (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Dominican Republic's second city is bracing for hurricane season with a new evacuation plan after storms last year killed around 90 people, said its chief resilience officer.

23 May 2018

Mexico stumbles in race against global obesity time-bomb

MEXICO CITY (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children at school already mock six-year-old Yatzyri by calling her "fatty", fuelling her mother Ana Laura Martinez's worries about her daughter's health if does not lose about 16 kg (35lb).

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