Simon Lewis

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

27 Nov 2017

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to visit China amid Western criticism over Rohingya exodus

YANGON Myanmar's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, will soon visit Beijing, state media said on Monday, as the southeast Asian nation appears to draw closer to its northern neighbour, China, amid global criticism over an exodus of Rohingya refugees.

07 Nov 2017

Interview: Big dams can wait, Myanmar overhauls energy strategy

NAYPYITAW Big hydropower dams are not a priority in Myanmar's strategy to tackle chronic power shortages, the country's new energy minister said in an interview that cast doubt over a controversial China-backed project in the country's north.

01 Nov 2017

Detained journalists informed Myanmar of filming plans, Turkish broadcaster says

YANGON Turkey’s state broadcaster said a team of journalists filming a documentary in Myanmar had told the government of their plans before they were detained for attempting to fly a drone near the country’s parliament.

26 Oct 2017

Desperate for news, Rohingya refugees tune in to 'WhatsApp radio'

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh Sitting in his hillside grocery shop in a Bangladesh refugee camp, Rohingya Muslim Momtaz-ul-Hoque takes a break to listen to an audio recording on his mobile phone, while children and passers-by gather round to hear the latest news from Myanmar. | Video

26 Oct 2017

Driven by fear, Rohingyas keep fleeing Myanmar: Red Cross official

SITTWE, Myanmar The thousands of Rohingya Muslims thronging the desolate beach had no food or water, except what the Red Cross gives them, and there was no shelter from the tropical sun and rain, yet fear of "tomorrow" has persuaded them to abandon their homes.

25 Oct 2017

In Myanmar's Rakhine, aid workers blocked from entering Muslim camp amid tension

YANGON/SITTWE Buddhists in Myanmar on Wednesday blocked aid workers from visiting a camp for displaced Muslims in the central part of Rakhine State, where the United Nations fears the spread of violence that has already displaced hundreds of thousands.

23 Oct 2017

Exclusive: Returning Rohingya may lose land, crops under Myanmar plans

SITTWE, Myanmar Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters.

14 Oct 2017

Myanmar army opens probe amid reports of killings, abuse of Rohingya Muslims

YANGON Myanmar's military has launched an internal probe into the conduct of soldiers during a counteroffensive that has sent more than half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, many saying they witnessed killings, rape and arson by troops.

28 Sep 2017

Aid groups call for access to Myanmar conflict zone

YANGON, Sept 28 International aid groups in Myanmar have urged the government to allow free access to Rakhine State, where an army offensive has sent 480,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh but hundreds of thousands remain cut off from food, shelter and medical care.

28 Sep 2017

Government will take over burnt Myanmar land: minister

YANGON Myanmar's government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, a minister was reported on Wednesday as saying.


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