Quil Lawrence

Quil Lawrence

Veterans Correspondent

David Aquila ("Quil") Lawrence is an award-winning correspondent for NPR News, covering the millions of Americans who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as they transition to life back at home.

Previously, Lawrence served as NPR's Bureau Chief in Kabul. He joined NPR in 2009 as Baghdad Bureau Chief – capping off ten years of reporting in Iraq and all the bordering countries. That experience made the foundation for his first book Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East, published in 2008.

Before coming to NPR, Lawrence was based in Jerusalem, as Middle East correspondent for The World, a BBC/PRI co-production. For the BBC he covered the fall of the Taliban in December 2001 and returned to Afghanistan periodically to report on development, the drug trade and insurgency.

Lawrence began his career as a freelancer for NPR and various newspapers while based in Bogota, Colombia, covering Latin America. Other reporting trips took him to Sudan, Morocco, Cuba, Pakistan and Iran.

A native of Maine, Lawrence studied history at Brandeis University, with concentrations in the Middle East and Latin America. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Arabic.

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Stacy Bannerman testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Quality of Life and Veterans Affairs in 2006. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc./Getty Images hide caption

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After Combat Stress, Violence Can Show Up At Home
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After The Battle, The Harvest: Programs Help Vets Move Into Farming
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Despite Low Unemployment, Veterans Struggle To Find Meaningful Jobs
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Irvin Bishop Small at his home in York, Pa. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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For The VA's Broken Health System, The Fix Needs A Fix
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The Keils play with their twins, Matthew and Faith, at their home near Parker, Colo., in 2012. Ed Andrieski/AP hide caption

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For Fertility Treatment, Wounded Veterans Have To Pay The Bill
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Former U.S. Marine Daniel Torres stands outside the Deported Veteran Support House, known as the The Bunker, in eastern Tijuana. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Service Members, Not Citizens: Meet The Veterans Who Have Been Deported
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Veterans' Advocates Highlight Progress On Homelessness, Claims Backlog
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Defying Stereotypes, Number Of Incarcerated Veterans In U.S. Drops
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Advocates Question Whether Veterans Day Promotions Have Gotten Off Track
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VA Restores Benefits To Vietnam Vet After Believing He Was Dead
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Behind Bars, Vets With PTSD Face A New War Zone, With Little Support
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Thousands Of U.S. Military Interpreters Wait For Visas
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AK, in a tan T-shirt on the left, his face blurred for his protection, was an Afghan interpreter who worked for the U.S. military. He poses with Afghan commandos in front of a controlled explosion. AK worked closely with American Jonathan Schmidt, in the dark tan shirt and a baseball cap (in the center). AK was with Schmidt when he was killed in a 2012 firefight. AK is now seeking a U.S. visa. Courtesy of Phil Schmidt hide caption

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American Dad Fights For The Afghan Interpreter Who Aided His Fallen Son
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U.S. Office Of Special Counsel Calls Out VA Firing Of Whistleblowers
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Melissa Stockwell Among Triathletes Aiming To Make Rio's Paralympics
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