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

18 Apr 2018

EU expected to block Brazil chicken exports: agriculture minister

BRASÍLIA The European Union is planning to block exports from nine BRF SA poultry plants to the trade bloc and may also revoke import credentials for other Brazilian chicken plants, Brazil's agriculture minister said on Tuesday.

22 Mar 2018

Brazil battles drought as world's largest water forum meets

CEILANDIA, Brazil Diane Pereira had already used up half a large plastic water barrel by 9 a.m. as she cooked rice and beans for the coming lunch crowd as gospel music played quietly in her small, doorless restaurant in Ceilandia, a poor suburb of Brazil's capital.

07 Mar 2018

No risk of new bans on Brazil meat after probe: minister

BRASILIA Brazil does not face any risks of countries instituting new bans on Brazilian meat imports after the latest phase of the "Weak Flesh" investigation into companies accused of committing fraud to avoid safety checks, Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said on Wednesday.

01 Mar 2018

Brazil Congress approves rules for Uber, other ride-hailing apps

BRASILIA Brazil's lower house of Congress approved a weakened version of a bill late on Wednesday to regulate car-hailing apps like Uber but maintained a provision allowing local governments to institute rules for the services.

01 Mar 2018

Brazil court upholds forestry law changes in blow to environmentalists

BRASILIA, Feb 28 Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld major changes to laws that protect the Amazon and other biomes, reducing penalties for past illegal deforestation in a blow to environmentalists trying to protect the world's largest rainforest.

22 Feb 2018

Brazil to decide in first half on Total's Amazon river basin drilling

BRASILIA Brazil environmental agency Ibama will decide on French oil firm Total's application to drill in the environmentally sensitive Amazon river basin before the end of May, and possibly as soon as the end of March, an agency official told Reuters on Wednesday.

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.


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