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Ryan Lucas

Justice Correspondent

Ryan Lucas covers the Justice Department for NPR.

He focuses on the national security side of the Justice beat, including counterterrorism and counterintelligence. Lucas also covers a host of other justice issues, including the Trump administration's "tough-on-crime" agenda and anti-trust enforcement.

Before joining NPR, Lucas worked for a decade as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press based in Poland, Egypt and Lebanon. In Poland, he covered the fallout from the revelations about secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe. In the Middle East, he reported on the ouster of Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and the turmoil that followed. He also covered the Libyan civil war, the Syrian conflict and the rise of the Islamic State. He reported from Iraq during the U.S. occupation and later during the Islamic State takeover of Mosul in 2014.

He also covered intelligence and national security for Congressional Quarterly.

Lucas earned a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, and a master's degree from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

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DOJ to ask the Supreme Court to halt enforcement of Texas' abortion law

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Ex-Navy nuclear engineer and his wife are charged in an espionage plot

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Abortion-rights supporters march outside the Texas Capitol in Austin on Sept. 1. Sergio Flores/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

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Texas' abortion law is back in court

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During The Pandemic, The FBI Says Murders Surged In The U.S.

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FBI Data Shows An Unprecedented Spike In Murders Nationwide In 2020

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Special counsel John Durham, here in 2018, was tapped by former Attorney General William Barr to look into the origins of the FBI's investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia. Department of Justice via AP hide caption

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The Trump-Russia Probe's Special Counsel Has Charged A Lawyer With Lying To The FBI

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Justice Department Wants Texas To Immediately Halt Enforcement Of Its Abortion Ban

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David Chipman speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on assault weapons in September 2019. President Biden had nominated him to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Gun Rights Groups Threatened To Sink Biden's ATF Nominee. He's Withdrawing The Pick

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A Generation After The 9/11 Attacks, A Look Back On The War On Terror

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President Donald Trump pressured his Justice Department to declare that the presidential election was corrupt during a December 2020 call, according to newly released notes. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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House Panel Holds Hearing On The Capitol Riot. 2nd Hearing Is Unscheduled

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