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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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Lyla Kohistany served on active duty from 2001 to 2007 as a Naval Surface Warfare and Intelligence officer and as an intelligence consultant from 2008 to 2013 where she worked from the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Ariana Drehsler for NPR hide caption

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As A Child, She Fled The Afghan War. As An Officer, She Returned — And Found Herself

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Marla Ruzicka, in her iconic sheepskin vest, stands in front of bullet-ridden cars in Kabul (March 2002). Kate Brooks/CIVIC hide caption

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Home/Front: Marla's List

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'Rough Translation': How An Activist Changed The Way The U.S. Conducts Wars

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In this April 7, 2002 photo, Marla Ruzicka leads a demonstration calling for U.S. compensation to victims of the recent military campaign in Afghanistan, outside of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. SUZANNE PLUNKETT/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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Home/Front: Marla's War

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U.S. Marines take cover as they push into the center of Fallujah, Iraq, in November 2004. The battle for the city produced the heaviest urban fighting of the Iraq war. Anja Niedringhaus /AP hide caption

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Is It OK To Commemorate One Of Iraq's Bloodiest Battles In A Video Game?

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Home/Front: Rebels In The Valley

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U.S. Army veteran Staff Sgt. Matt Lammers is one of some 60 vets who lost three or four limbs, out of 2.7 million who served in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Eve Edelheit for NPR hide caption

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Home/Front: Battle Borne

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Home/Front: Battle Lines

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Home/Front: Battle Rattle

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NPR Podcast Examines Divide Between Civilians And Military

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War Poems Revisited

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As U.S. COVID-19 Cases Drop, India Experiences A Crisis

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Afghanistan Veterans Weigh In On Biden's Announcement To Bring Troops Home

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