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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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Native Americans living on tribal land have struggled to access veteran home loans

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Biden to sign a bill that would care for veterans made sick by toxic exposures

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others attend a news conference on Capitol Hill on Thursday, the day after Senate Republicans blocked a procedural vote to advance PACT Act. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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The Senate passed a bill to help sick veterans. Then 25 Republicans reversed course

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U.S. Marines are set to have the first Black 4-star general in their 246-year history

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A bipartisan group of senators blocks a Trump-era plan to realign the VA

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Black veterans came together at an empowerment conference to make their stories heard

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U.S. is accused of a double standard when it comes to Afghan and Ukrainian refugees

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Debt relief for veterans who say they were cheated by for-profit colleges

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The Senate has passed a historic expansion of care for veterans

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Veterans exposed to toxic chemicals say they've won a historic expansion of VA care

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The victims and aftermath of the Buffalo supermarket shooting

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Black Buffalo community is tired of hearing promises when the killings don't stop

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10 people are dead in an apparently planned shooting at a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket

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A new Iron Curtain is eroding Norway's hard-won ties with Russia on Arctic issues

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NATO troops conducted a routine war exercise in the Arctic. This year felt different

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