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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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Will Veterans Vote For Trump This Year?

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join guests in singing "America the Beautiful" during a reception in honor of Gold Star Families on Sept. 27, in the East Room of the White House. Andrea Hanks/White House hide caption

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New Scrutiny On Trump's Gold Star Family Event After COVID-19 Outbreak

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Governor And De Blasio Split On Approach To Curbing Coronavirus Spread

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COVID-19 Pandemic Threatens Homeless Veterans

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Comedian, writer and veterans advocate Jon Stewart speaks at a press conference on "The Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020" at the House Triangle in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Paul Morigi/Getty Images hide caption

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Jon Stewart Uses His Celebrity To Bring Attention To Vets Exposed To Burn Pits

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Some 1,892 American flags are installed on the National Mall in Washington, DC in 2014. The Iraq and Afghanistan veterans installed the flags to represent the 1,892 veterans and service members who committed suicide this year as part of the "We've Got Your Back: IAVA's Campaign to Combat Suicide." Jewel Samad / AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The White House's New Suicide Prevention Plan For Veterans Addresses Access To Guns

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The Department of Veterans Affairs blocked the University of Phoenix and Perdoceo Education Corp. from enrolling GI Bill students after the Federal Trade Commission laid enormous penalties on them for deceptive advertising. Alastair Pike/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Administration Clears For-Profit Colleges To Register Veterans Again

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Female Marine Corps recruits train at the United States Marine Corps recruit depot June 21, 2004, in Parris Island, South Carolina. Some House Democrats and many veterans want the service of women and of all vets to be recognized in an updated motto for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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The NYPD says officer David Afanador was arrested Thursday on charges of strangulation and attempted strangulation over the incident last weekend on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk. NYPD via AP hide caption

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Protesters are arrested by NYPD officers for violating curfew beside the iconic Plaza Hotel on 59th Street, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in the Manhattan borough of New York. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, center, signs into law a sweeping package of police accountability measures on Friday that received new backing following protests of George Floyd's killing. Kevin P. Coughlin//AP hide caption

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