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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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16 Feb 2018

Hyperinflation meets tech: Cash-scarce Venezuela sees boom in payment apps

CARACAS Widerven Villegas and his brother wash some 30 cars a day at a parking lot in Caracas. Despite charging less than 50 cents, nobody pays them in cash. | Video

08 Feb 2018

Venezuela sets presidential vote for April 22 after talks crumble

CARACAS Venezuela on Wednesday set a presidential election for April 22 after mediation talks between the leftist government and an opposition coalition collapsed, setting the stage for the likely re-election of President Nicolas Maduro.

30 Jan 2018

Venezuela's Maduro launches election campaign with more reggaeton, less Chavez

CARACAS Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, who pitched himself as the "son" of Hugo Chavez to appeal to voters ahead of his 2013 presidential win, has all but scrubbed mention of the late socialist leader from his campaign for re-election this year.

12 Jan 2018

Gourmet chocolate becomes economic lifeline in Venezuela crisis

CARACAS In a modest apartment near a Caracas slum, nutrition professor Nancy Silva and four aids spread rich, dark Venezuelan cocoa on a stone counter to make chocolate bars to be sold in local shops that cater to the crisis-hit country's dwindling elite. | Video

01 Jan 2018

Venezuela raises minimum wage 40 percent, stoking world's fastest inflation

CARACAS Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a 40 percent increase to the minimum wage as of January, a move that will foment what many economists already consider hyperinflation in the oil-rich but crisis-stricken nation.

29 Dec 2017

Venezuelans protest over pork shortage, Maduro blames Portugal

CARACAS Hundreds of Venezuelans took to the streets in poor parts of Caracas overnight to protest a shortage of pork for traditional Christmas meals in the latest symptom of social discontent during a brutal economic crisis. | Video

08 Dec 2017

The silent creditor group in Venezuela's debt crisis: Venezuelans

CARACAS The prospect of a Venezuelan debt default triggering a clash between revolutionary socialists and foreign creditors has overshadowed an equally complicated dilemma facing the OPEC nation: a standoff with its own citizens who are bondholders.

08 Dec 2017

The silent creditor group in Venezuela's debt crisis: Venezuelans

CARACAS The prospect of a Venezuelan debt default triggering a clash between revolutionary socialists and foreign creditors has overshadowed an equally complicated dilemma facing the OPEC nation: a standoff with its own citizens who are bondholders.

23 Nov 2017

Exclusive: Small Puerto Rican bank halts Venezuela correspondent services - source

CARACAS A small Puerto Rican bank that had been helping Venezuela carry out international trade operations has halted those services because of concerns about the reputational risks of doing so, a finance industry source with knowledge of the situation has told Reuters.

20 Nov 2017

As many Venezuela bondholders stampede, some joust for advantage

Venezuela's efforts to restructure its debt may have triggered an initial stampede for the exits, but some investment funds are maintaining their portfolios or even beefing them up, betting that other investors' distress could spell opportunity.

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