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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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26 Jul 2016

Security concerns fail to quell cheers at German Wagner fest

BAYREUTH, Germany - Security concerns after killings in Germany, coupled with Islamic elements in a new production of Richard Wagner's opera "Parsifal", created a nervous opening for the annual festival dedicated to the composer in Bayreuth on Monday.

21 Feb 2016

"Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea) wins Golden Bear for best film in Berlin

BERLIN Gianfranco Rosi's documentary film "Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea), about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean off the Italian island of Lampedusa, won the Golden Bear prize for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday.

21 Feb 2016

"Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea) wins Golden Bear for best film in Berlin

BERLIN, Feb 20 Gianfranco Rosi's "Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea), about the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean off the Italian island of Lampedusa, won the Golden Bear prize for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday.

20 Feb 2016

Iran's Haghighi is proud his Berlin 'Dragon' film is 'a mess'

BERLIN Iranian director Mani Haghighi says his Berlin competition movie "Ejhdeha Vared Mihavad!" (A Dragon Arrives!) is a hodge-podge of genres ranging from crime film to "X-Files", but he trusts viewers will find it an entertaining and thought-provoking mix.

20 Feb 2016

Berlin film shows women emotionally trapped in post-communist provincial Poland

BERLIN Director Tomasz Wasilewski says he was inspired to make a film about the emotional desperation of women trapped in provincial 1990s Poland after the fall of communism because he remembers that time through female eyes.

19 Feb 2016

Berlin director says almost could not film refugees dying at sea

BERLIN Filmmaker Gianfranco Rosi said he hesitated to shoot horrific scenes of African refugees on a boat dying of suffocation and poisoning by diesel fumes in his movie "Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea), competing in the Berlin film festival.

19 Feb 2016

Eight-hour Berlin film focuses on Philippines revolution

BERLIN Filipino director Lav Diaz says movies should not be judged by their length, so he gave the Berlin Film Festival a historical drama about the Philippines that runs more than eight hours.

18 Feb 2016

'Zero Days' director says U.S. government secrecy trend 'appalling'

BERLIN The director of a new documentary outlining U.S. plans for an extensive cyber attack on Iran said on Wednesday he was angry and appalled by the rapidly growing trend towards secrecy in the U.S. government. | Video

17 Feb 2016

"Zero Days" director says U.S. government secrecy trend "appalling"

BERLIN, Feb 17 The director of a new documentary outlining U.S. plans for an extensive cyber attack on Iran said on Wednesday he was angry and appalled by the rapidly growing trend towards secrecy in the U.S. government.

16 Feb 2016

Berlin film 'Soy Nero' looks at U.S. 'Green Card' soldiers

BERLIN Foreign-born "Green Card" soldiers have been serving in the U.S. military since the Vietnam War, but the plight of deported veterans has not been explored on film until "Soy Nero" (I Am Nero), director Rafi Pitts said.

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