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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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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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Medics and nurses load an injured American soldier onto a helicopter during the Iraq war. The Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program is aimed at immigrants with special skills, such as in medicine. John Moore/AP hide caption

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North Korea Launched ICBM, Secretary Of State Tillerson Says

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Trump Administration Outlines Emerging Strategy On Afghanistan

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U.S. Suspects Syria Is Preparing To Launch Another Chemical Attack

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7 Sailors Killed After Navy Destroyer Collided With Container Ship

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U.S. Prepares To Send Thousands More Troops To Afghanistan

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U.S.-Backed Forces Launch Offensive Against ISIS In Raqqa, Syria

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After Massive Bombing, Looking At The U.S. Strategy In Afghanistan

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Pentagon Announces Results Of Investigation Into Civilians Killed In U.S. Airstrike

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