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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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Trapped Civilians Complicate U.S. Efforts in Northern Syria And Iraq

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U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, made up of an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters, regroup on the northern outskirts of Deir Ezzor as they advance to encircle the ISIS bastion of Raqqa on Feb. 21. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Big Changes And Major Dilemmas Loom In Next Phase Of ISIS War In Syria

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Top Marine Testifies Before Congress On Nude-Photo Scandal

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Trump's New National Security Adviser Is Known For Speaking His Mind

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President Trump (right) shakes hands with Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday. Trump called McMaster "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience" as he announced that he would replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg Named Acting National Security Adviser

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President Trump is embroiled in a defense of a Jan. 29 Yemen raid he ordered. He and his White House have described it as a success, but Sen. John McCain called it a "failure." Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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General Requests Thousands More Troops To Break Afghanistan 'Stalemate'

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Navy SEALs participate in special operations urban combat training in 2012. The training exercise familiarizes special operators with urban environments and tactical maneuvering during night and day operations. Mass Communication Spc. 2nd Class Meranda Keller/U.S. Navy hide caption

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U.S. Acknowledges Death Of Civilians In Yemen Raid

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Security Roundup: Yemen Raid; National Security Council Shakeup

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Trump Closes First Week In Office With Visit To The Pentagon

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Trump Renews Consideration Of Military 'Safe Zones' In Syria

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Obama Defends Decision To Commute Sentence Of Chelsea Manning

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Reaction Varies To Chelsea Manning's Prison Sentence Being Shortened

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