Steve Scherer

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

19 May 2017

Rescued migrants tell of detention, beatings, slavery in Libya

ABOARD RESCUE SHIP AQUARIUS A day after reaching safety aboard a humanitarian ship, migrants on Friday told of arbitrary detention, slavery and beatings in Libya as Europe seeks to build up the Tripoli-based coastguard.

18 May 2017

In busy day for rescues at sea, migrants cheer when told "Libya is over"

ABOARD THE AQUARIUS RESCUE SHIP Rescues began at dawn on Thursday and by the end of the day some 2,300 migrants had been pulled off 22 wooden and rubber boats in the Mediterranean, with many rejoicing when rescuers told them that their long journey to Europe was almost over.

16 May 2017

Italy tries to bolster Libyan coast guard, despite humanitarian concern

TRIPOLI/AQUARIUS RESCUE SHIP Italy gave the Libyan coast guard four repaired patrol boats on Monday to beef up Libya's efforts to stop people smuggling, but the support worries humanitarian groups operating rescue ships near the Libyan coast.

11 May 2017

Italy investigating some migrant aid workers for people smuggling

ROME An Italian prosecutor said on Wednesday he is investigating some members of humanitarian organizations rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea on suspicion they may have cooperated with people smugglers.

09 May 2017

Italy builds new detention centers to speed up migrant deportations

ROME Italy will open new detention centers across the country in the next few months as part of its push to speed up deportations of illegal migrants, despite critics saying that the centers are not only inhumane but also do not produce the desired result.

03 May 2017

Italy prosecutor investigating NGO rescuers says has no proof of wrongdoing

ROME An Italian prosecutor who began an investigation into possible ties between humanitarian organizations that rescue migrants at sea and Libya-based people smugglers said on Wednesday he had no proof of any wrongdoing.

27 Apr 2017

Italian minister says painting NGOs as migrant traffickers is a lie

ROME Italy's justice minister said on Thursday it was "a lie" to paint humanitarian ships saving migrants in the Mediterranean as criminals, responding to a Sicilian prosecutor who has repeatedly suggested some are colluding with Libyan smugglers.

23 Apr 2017

Italy prosecutor says rescue boats in contact with people smugglers

ROME An Italian prosecutor has evidence of phone calls between Libyan people smugglers and aid groups operating rescue boats, he told newspaper La Stampa, amid growing criticism of non-governmental groups saving refugees off the Libyan coast.

21 Apr 2017

Fewer migrants are crossing Niger for Libya - IOM

ROME The number of migrants crossing Niger to reach Libya has declined, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Friday, after Europe pledged Niger money to help it fight people-smuggling.

18 Apr 2017

EU urged to save more migrants at sea, not patrol "make-believe border"

ROME EU patrol vessels in the Mediterranean are putting lives at risk by operating too far from the Libyan coast where migrants are embarking on the perilous voyage to Europe, the head of a rescue charity said on Tuesday.

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