Jake Spring

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 Jan 2018

China investment in Brazil hit seven-year high in 2017

BRASILIA China invested $20.9 billion in Brazil in 2017, the most since 2010 as a recession helped push down asset prices and attracted investors, according to Brazil's planning ministry.

16 Jan 2018

Brazil considers lifting tariff on U.S. ethanol

BRASILIA Brazil is studying the removal of a 20-percent tariff on ethanol imports from the United States, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Wednesday, in a decision that could depend on Washington lifting a ban on fresh beef exports from Brazil.

12 Jan 2018

S&P cuts Brazil debt rating as pension reform doubts grow

BRASILIA Ratings agency Standard & Poor's cut Brazil's credit rating further below investment grade on Thursday as doubts grew about a presidential election in October and a push to trim its costly pension system, seen as vital to closing a huge fiscal deficit.

29 Dec 2017

Brazil's top court suspends parts of President Temer's Christmas pardons

BRASILIA The head of Brazil's Supreme Court suspended parts of a Christmas decree from President Michel Temer granting pardons to convicted criminals on Thursday, saying Temer's actions needed further examination by the court.

30 Nov 2017

China's Hunan Dakang aims to expand Brazil business from soy to beef

SAO PAULO China's Hunan Dakang International Food and Agriculture Co, which has acquired controlling stakes in two Brazilian soy companies, is next looking to enter the beef business in the country, its chairman told Reuters on Wednesday.

29 Nov 2017

Brazil Senate approves creation of mining regulatory agency

BRASILIA Brazil's Senate on Tuesday approved a bill creating an autonomous regulatory agency for the mining sector, a move aimed at accelerating slow licensing approvals in the country.

14 Nov 2017

Germany, Britain inject $153 million in Amazon climate change fight

BRASILIA Germany and Britain will provide a combined $153 million to expand programs to fight climate change and deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, according to a statement from the Brazilian government on Tuesday.

24 Oct 2017

Brazil congressional committees ready reforms helping small miners

BRASILIA, Oct 24 Brazilian congressional committees are scheduled to vote on sweeping mining reforms on Tuesday, likely amending President Michel Temer's proposals to favor smaller miners before putting them to a broader vote.

24 Oct 2017

China's Shanghai Electric near deal for Brazil transmission project

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA A unit of China's Shanghai Electric Group Co Ltd is near closing a deal to take over a power transmission project in southern Brazil owned by a subsidiary of Eletrobras , an official at electricity regulator Aneel told Reuters.

18 Oct 2017

Deforestation drops for first time in three years in Brazil's Amazon

BRASILIA Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon fell 16 percent in the year to July 2017 compared to the same period a year prior, the first decline in three years, the country's environment minister said on Tuesday.


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