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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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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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Morning News Brief: Reporter Body Slammed, U.S. Assesses Civilians Killed In Airstrike

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Pentagon To Detail Plans For Arming Syrian Kurds Fighting ISIS

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President Donald Trump shakes hands with Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser, at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, in February. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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100 Days In, Trump's Generals Seen As A Moderating Force

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U.S. Drops Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb Ever Used In Combat

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U.S. Soldier's Death Highlights Threat Of ISIS In Afghanistan

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News Brief: U.S. Strategy On Assad Lacks Details, North Korea Aggression

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U.S. Launches Airstrikes At Syrian Air Base

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President Trump leaves the podium at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday night after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria in retaliation for this week's chemical attack against civilians. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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