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Quil Lawrence

Veterans Correspondent

Quil Lawrence is a New York-based correspondent for NPR News, covering veterans' issues nationwide. He won a Robert F. Kennedy Award for his coverage of American veterans and a Gracie Award for coverage of female combat veterans. In 2019 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America honored Quil with its IAVA Salutes Award for Leadership in Journalism.

Lawrence started his career in radio by interviewing con men in Tangier, Morocco. He then moved to Bogota, Colombia, and covered Latin America for NPR, the BBC, and The LA Times.

In the Spring of 2000, a Pew Fellowship sponsored his first trips to Iraq — that reporting experience eventually built the foundation for his first book, Invisible Nation: How the Kurds' Quest for Statehood is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East (Bloomsbury, 2009).

Lawrence has reported from throughout the Arab world and from Sudan, Cuba, Pakistan, Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank. He covered Iraq and Afghanistan for twelve years, serving as NPR's Bureau Chief in Baghdad and Kabul. He covered the fall of the Taliban in 2001, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the second battle of Fallujah in 2004, as well as politics, culture, and war in both countries.

In 2012, Lawrence returned to the U.S. to cover the millions of men and women who have served at war, both recently and in past generations. NPR is possibly unique among major news organizations in dedicating a full-time correspondent to veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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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Federal Judge Denies Jeffrey Epstein Bail During Wait For Sex Trafficking Trial

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Multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein Charged In New York With Sex Trafficking Of Minors

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Military Families Deal With Unintended Consequence Of 2017 Tax Law

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Critics See VA Change As A Move Toward Privatizing The Agency

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Rep. Seth Moulton Announces Mental Health Care Proposal By Sharing His Experience

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Army Surprised By Answers To Its Question: How Has Serving Impacted You?

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Marine Corps Veteran Faces Deportation, Says His Crimes Are Linked To PTSD

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Iraq War veteran Peter Farley (center), with his former interpreter Wisam al-Baidhani (left) and another Iraqi interpreter in Baghdad in 2009. Courtesy of Peter Farley hide caption

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Trump Administration Has Drastically Dropped Visas For Afghan And Iraqi Interpreters

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News Brief: Barr On Capitol Hill, Venezuela Update, Visas For Veterans

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A Wisconsin combat veteran was driving down the highway in February when he suddenly found his name, license plate number and mental health information broadcast on the radio, on television and posted on electronic billboards across the state as part of a "Green Alert." A new Wisconsin law allows authorities to put that information out the same way an AMBER Alert publicizes missing children. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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Balancing Safety And Privacy When A Veteran Goes Missing

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President Trump speaks at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio, on Wednesday. His speech included a five-minute attack on the late Sen. John McCain of Arizona. Michael Conroy/AP hide caption

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Among False Claims, Trump Attacked McCain For Failing Veterans

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GOP Sen. Martha McSally Says She Was Raped While Serving In The Military

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VA Releases Rules For Law That Would Increase Access To Private Care

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New York Jury Considers Allegations In Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman Case

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