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

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.

17 Oct 2017

Brazil's JBS withdraws plan for U.S. processed food unit IPO

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA JBS SA has pulled a planned $500 million U.S. initial public offering of processed food subsidiary JBS Foods International BV, almost six months after a spree of corruption and food safety scandals in Brazil hurt investor demand for the deal.

29 Aug 2017

Brazil regulator rejects Total study on drilling at Amazon River basin

BRASILIA Brazil's environmental regulator Ibama said on Tuesday it has rejected Total SA's environmental study on drilling in the Foz do Amazonas basin, warning it needs more information or it will suspend the French oil firm's license application.

29 Aug 2017

Brazil to redo Amazon mining decree after criticism

BRASILIA Brazil's government will revise a decree that opened up a vast mineral reserve in the Amazon rainforest to mining, ministers told journalists on Monday, responding to overwhelming criticism from lawmakers and activists.

26 Aug 2017

Brazil government fires back at activists, supermodel on Amazon decree

BRASILIA Brazil's government defended the opening of a vast Amazon area to mining on Friday after criticism from lawmakers, environmental groups and supermodel Gisele Bundchen that it threatened the world's largest rainforest.

26 Aug 2017

Brazil president fires back at activists, supermodel on Amazon decree

BRASILIA President Michel Temer defended his opening of a vast Amazon area to mining, responding to criticism from lawmakers, environmental groups and supermodel Gisele Bundchen that it threatened the world's largest rainforest.

27 Jul 2017

Brazil mining reforms seen passing Congress despite opposition

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO Mining reforms decreed by Brazilian President Michel Temer are likely to pass Congress, a legislative leader told Reuters on Wednesday, despite opposition from an industry trade group.


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