Tom Bowman Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.
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Tom Bowman

Pentagon Reporter

Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.

In his current role, Bowman has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan often for month-long visits and embedded with U.S. Marines and soldiers.

Before coming to NPR in April 2006, Bowman spent nine years as a Pentagon reporter at The Baltimore Sun. Altogether he was at The Sun for nearly two decades, covering the Maryland Statehouse, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the National Security Agency (NSA). His coverage of racial and gender discrimination at NSA led to a Pentagon investigation in 1994.

Initially Bowman imagined his career path would take him into academia as a history, government, or journalism professor. During college Bowman worked as a stringer at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. He also worked for the Daily Transcript in Dedham, Mass., and then as a reporter at States News Service, writing for the Miami Herald and the Anniston (Ala.) Star.

Bowman is a co-winner of a 2006 National Headliners' Award for stories on the lack of advanced tourniquets for U.S. troops in Iraq. In 2010, he received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of a Taliban roadside bomb attack on an Army unit.

Bowman earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont, and a master's degree in American Studies from Boston College.

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Vietnam War Army Medic Receives Medal Of Honor

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President Trump bestows the Medal of Honor to retired Army medic James McCloughan Monday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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A Medal Of Honor For Former Army Medic Jim McCloughan

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Morning News Brief: GOP Health Plan Fails In Senate, Pakistan's Sharif Removed

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Pentagon Reacts To Trump's Transgender Service Member Ban

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Morning News Brief: Trump Meets Putin Again; Protests At Jerusalem Holy Site

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Military Officials Brief Senators On ISIS Fight

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Investigators Work To Find Cause Of Crash That Killed 16

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Trump Administration Considers End To Citizenship For Military Service Program

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Morning News Brief: Donald Trump Jr.'s Emails, Citizenship For Military Service

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North Korea Launched ICBM, Secretary Of State Tillerson Says

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