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Tom Bowman 2010
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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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Marine Corps Misidentified Man In Iconic Iwo Jima Photo

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An Afghan commando stands on the tarmac, wearing night vision gear. The elite commandos are about to fly into an area controlled by Taliban fighters. Their mission: to sweep a village for Taliban fighters. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Under U.S. Air Cover, Afghan Commandos Chase The Elusive Taliban

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Memorial Day In Kandahar: A Run To Honor America's Fallen

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U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Chance Henderson, an orthopedic surgeon, stands in the operating theater of the military hospital at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. Henderson is fighting to save the leg of a 6-year-old Afghan girl who was shot during a firefight between U.S. and Afghan forces and the Taliban. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Saving 6-Year-Old Ameera, Shot In An Afghan Firefight

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With Mansour Dead, Taliban Must Select A New Leader

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U.S. Service Member Killed As ISIS Attacks Iraqi Kurdish Forces

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U.S. Releases Final Report On Deadly Hospital Attack In Afghanistan

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Pentagon To Send Additional 250 Special Forces Troops To Syria

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Pentagon: Troops To Be Close To Iraqi Front Lines In Fight Against ISIS

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Because Of ISIS, Pentagon Rethinks Deployments To Sinai Peninsula

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U.S. Navy Officer Involved With China Surveillance Charged With Espionage

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Donald Trump Highlights Debate Over NATO's Relevancy

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Sgt. Kelly Brown adjusts her helmet before a weapons check last year at the Marine Base at Twentynine Palms in the Mojave Desert, Calif. The Marine Corps set up a months-long training exercise to determine whether women could serve in ground combat jobs like artillery, armor and infantry. Women are now eligible to apply for these positions, but so far, none has signed up. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Marines Gear Up For Women In Combat, But Will They Sign Up?

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U.S. Defense Secretary Says Top ISIS Leader Has Been Killed

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Trump Says He Will Release National Security Advisers List

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