Steve Scherer

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

15 Dec 2017

Exclusive: Italy plans big handover of sea rescues to Libya coastguard

ROME/TRIPOLI Italy wants Libya's coastguard to take responsibility within three years for intercepting migrants across about a tenth of the Mediterranean even as Libyan crews struggle to patrol their own coast and are accused of making deadly mistakes at sea.

30 Nov 2017

Video gives new prominence to charges of Libyan slave trade

ROME A video appearing to show men auctioned as slaves in Tripoli has put a long history of abuses against refugees and migrants there on the international agenda, the United Nations refugee chief said on Thursday.

22 Nov 2017

Italian left's efforts to stop migrants may backfire at election

ROME A deal with Libya that has slashed the number of migrants reaching Italy could scupper the ruling center Democratic Party's (PD) already dwindling hopes of staying in power next year as it is opposed by the PD's potential coalition partners.

20 Nov 2017

Italy's 5-Star pummels centre-right in Rome beachfront vote

ROME Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement pummelled a centre-right coalition to govern Ostia, one of Rome's largest neighbourhoods, in a run-off vote that confirms the 5-Star's strength months away from a national election.

17 Nov 2017

The boss is dead but the mafia lives, magistrate and mobster say

ROME/PALERMO The death of Sicilian Mafia boss Salvatore "Toto'" Riina on Friday does not mark the end of Cosa Nostra, but the crime group is unlikely to allow one man such power ever again, a top magistrate and former mobster said.

17 Nov 2017

Mob boss and mass murderer Riina dies of natural causes

ROME Salvatore "Toto" Riina, the Sicilian Mafia's most powerful boss of the 20th century who was convicted for ordering dozens of murders, died of natural causes early on Friday after almost a quarter of a century in jail.

13 Nov 2017

It's all his fault: Italy's left obsessed with Renzi, not foes

ROME National elections are looming and Italy's left seems bent on engineering its own defeat as Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi continues to come under fire from potential allies.

27 Oct 2017

Bank of Italy's Visco gets second term despite Renzi dissent

ROME Bank of Italy Governor Ignazio Visco on Friday was appointed to serve a second term of office, overcoming criticism from political factions, including the ruling Democratic Party (PD), to hang onto his job.

24 Oct 2017

Italy calls confidence votes in Senate on new electoral law

ROME Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni's government on Tuesday called a series of confidence votes to pass a new electoral law as the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which is likely to be hurt by the new legislation, pledged to protest on the streets.

23 Oct 2017

Save the Children suspends migrant rescues in Mediterranean

ROME International humanitarian group Save the Children said on Monday it had suspended migrant rescues in the Mediterranean Sea as departures from Libya slow and security conditions worsen.


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