Quil Lawrence David Aquila ("Quil") Lawrence is an award-winning correspondent with NPR News.
Quil Lawrence

Quil Lawrence

Veterans Correspondent

David Aquila ("Quil") Lawrence is an award-winning correspondent for NPR News, covering the millions of Americans who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as they transition to life back at home.

Previously, Lawrence served as NPR's Bureau Chief in Kabul. He joined NPR in 2009 as Baghdad Bureau Chief – capping off ten years of reporting in Iraq and all the bordering countries. That experience made the foundation for his first book Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East, published in 2008.

Before coming to NPR, Lawrence was based in Jerusalem, as Middle East correspondent for The World, a BBC/PRI co-production. For the BBC he covered the fall of the Taliban in December 2001 and returned to Afghanistan periodically to report on development, the drug trade and insurgency.

Lawrence began his career as a freelancer for NPR and various newspapers while based in Bogota, Colombia, covering Latin America. Other reporting trips took him to Sudan, Morocco, Cuba, Pakistan and Iran.

A native of Maine, Lawrence studied history at Brandeis University, with concentrations in the Middle East and Latin America. He is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Arabic.

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In Puerto Rico, The Crisis After Hurricane Maria Is Taxing Residents' Mental Health

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'Cross-Partisan' Group, With Honor, Aims To Support Veteran Candidates For Congress

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Puerto Ricans who could find a TV screen connected to a generator and a satellite link took advantage of the final game of the World Series to get a much needed diversion. Six weeks after Hurricane Maria, only about a third of the territory has power. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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FEMA Coordinator Says He's Not Sure When More Of Puerto Rico Will Have Power

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VA Examines Link Between Blast Exposure And Lung Injuries

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A Look At The Confederate Monuments Debate From Gettysburg Memorial

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VA Studying Suicide Prevention In Veterans

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Paralyzed Veterans Vs. Airlines

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VA Re-Evaluates Family Caregiver Program

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LA's VA Campus: A Ballpark, An Oil Well ... And, Maybe Soon, A Home For Homeless Vets

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Researchers say putting guns out of reach reduces the chances that suicidal veterans could take their own lives, but changing the law is a controversial idea. RienkPost/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Veterans At Risk Of Suicide Negotiate A Thorny Relationship With Guns

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Veterans' Advocates Hope To Prevent Suicide By Limiting Access To Guns

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The Call-In: Your Stories About Veterans Affairs

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Rate Of Suicide Among Female Veterans Climbs, VA Says

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