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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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19 Aug 2017

Sierra Leone buries 461 mudslide victims, more still missing

FREETOWN Sierra Leone has buried 461 victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital this week, an official at the central morgue said on Friday.

16 Aug 2017

Nearly 400 bodies recovered from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner

FREETOWN Rescue workers have recovered nearly 400 bodies from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, the chief coroner said on Tuesday, as morgues struggled to find space for all the dead. | Video

15 Aug 2017

More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homes

FREETOWN, A mudslide killed more than 200 people on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes and leaving residents desperate for news of missing family members.

17 Mar 2017

Sierra Leone pastor discovers 706-carat diamond

FREETOWN A Christian pastor has found one of the world's largest uncut diamonds - weighing 706 carats -- in Sierra Leone's eastern Kono region.

08 Sep 2016

Sierra Leone Football Association officials arrested by anti-graft agency

FREETOWN Three top officials at the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) were arrested by anti-corruption officials on Wednesday night, police and anti-graft agency officials said.

15 Apr 2016

Religion, rights and politics clash over Sierra Leone abortion bill

FREETOWN When she was 15, long before she became gender adviser to Sierra Leone's president, Naasu Fofanah was raped by her church pastor. With her mother's help, she had an abortion, a decision she does not regret, even though it involved breaking the law.

21 Jan 2016

Fear, doubts obstruct efforts to contain Ebola in Sierra Leone

FREETOWN Community fear and suspicion in Sierra Leone are obstructing officials' attempts to stop the spread of Ebola, health reports showed on Wednesday, after the West African nation reported its first cases of the deadly virus in months.

17 Jan 2016

More than 100 people quarantined after Sierra Leone Ebola death

FREETOWN More than 100 people have been quarantined in Sierra Leone after coming in contact with a woman who died of Ebola last week, highlighting the potential for the disease to spread, just as the deadliest outbreak on record appeared to be over.

16 Jan 2016

Dozens feared exposed as Sierra Leone confirms new Ebola death

FREETOWN A woman who died of Ebola this week in Sierra Leone potentially exposed dozens of other people to the disease, according to an aid agency report on Friday, raising the risk of more cases just as the deadliest outbreak on record appeared to be ending.

10 Sep 2015

Sierra Leone court upholds decision by president to sack VP

FREETOWN Sierra Leone's highest court ruled on Wednesday that President Ernest Bai Koroma was within his rights to sack the vice president in a judicial decision likely to bolster the executive's political authority.

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