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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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With many veterans waiting for care, the VA may change how it uses outside doctors

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Afghan Allies That Were Left Behind Face An Uncertain Future

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Veterans Discharged Under 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Get A Chance For VA Benefits

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Two family members show the signs they held so U.S. troops could spot them in the crowd at the Kabul airport. "Chesty Puller" refers to a legendary U.S. Marine general. "Teufel Hunden" means "Devil Dog," in German and is the name German troops used for Marines in World War I. "10 Nov., 1775," is the day the Marines were founded. All eight family members made it to safety. Courtesy of family hide caption

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The Kabul Airlift Was A Feat Of Logistics And Stamina, Marred By Chaos And Violence

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Biden Speaks On The End Of War In Afghanistan And Evacuations

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What We Know About The Kabul Attack And The U.S. Response

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Explosions At The Kabul Airport Have Killed And Injured U.S. Troops, Afghans

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Afghan Allies Are Worried About Being Left Behind As Americans Evacuate

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Commercial Airlines Will Help In The Evacuation Of People From Afghanistan

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Biden: U.S. Is Making Progress On Afghanistan Evacuations

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Sexual Harassment Charges Against Gov. Cuomo Are Detailed In Scathing 165-Page Report

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A New York AG Investigation Says That Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sexually Harassed Women

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