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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Senate Passes $55 Billion Veterans Affairs Reform Bill

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(Top) Britnee Kinard's husband, Hamilton, has a brain injury and PTSD. She got kicked off the program by the Charleston VA in 2014. (Left) Hamilton's daily medication. (Right) His uniform in the closet at their home in Richmond Hill, Ga. Eva Verbeeck for NPR hide caption

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VA's Caregiver Program Still Dropping Veterans With Disabilities

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VA Says It's Trying To Improve Caregiver Program's Appeals Process

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Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie, left, is seen as President Trump announces his intention to nominate Wilkie to be the next Veterans Affairs Secretary during a summit at the East Room of the White House on Friday. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump Nominates Robert Wilkie To Head Veterans Affairs Department

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White House Has Several Potential Nominees To Lead VA

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New York Attorney General Resigns Amid Abuse Allegations

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Veterans Groups Concerned That Lack Of VA Leadership Will Hurt Millions Of Veterans

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Ronny Jackson Withdraws His Nomination To Head VA

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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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