Quil Lawrence David Aquila ("Quil") Lawrence is an award-winning correspondent with NPR News.
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Quil Lawrence
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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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News Brief: Ronny Jackson, Travel Ban At The Supreme Court

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Departure Of VA Secretary Shulkin Doesn't End Debate Of Privatization

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President Trump Removes David Shulkin As VA Secretary

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David Shulkin was the first nonveteran to lead the Veterans Affairs Department and an Obama appointee — the lone holdover in the Trump White House. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Trump To Replace VA Secretary David Shulkin

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50 Years On, My Lai Massacre Remains A Gaping Wound

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Washington State Attorney General: Housing Discrimination Against Veterans Is Evident

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Veterans Affairs Secretary Responds To Criticism For Travel Expenses

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Military Vets Are Among Factors Changing The Politics Of Pot

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Veterans Group Says 'Please Stand'

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Trump Executive Order Aims To Expand Veteran Mental Health Care

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The Number Of Homeless Veterans Rises

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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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