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Ryan Lucas in 2018
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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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Why volunteer grave diggers in Ukraine are exhuming Russia's dead

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What's motivating the foreigners who have gone to Ukraine to fight against Russia

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One Ukrainian man finds solace tending to his pigeons while war draws nearer

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Russia presses a major offensive in eastern Ukraine as other areas regain normalcy

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A building hit by shelling is pictured in Severodonetsk, eastern Ukraine, on May 18. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Ukrainians say they're badly outgunned by Russia in the battle for the Donbas

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In this April 25, 2006, file photo, John Durham speaks to reporters on the steps of U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn. Durham, Connecticut's U.S. attorney, is leading the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe. He is no stranger to high-profile, highly scrutinized investigations. Bob Child/AP hide caption

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Trump-era special counsel faces first real test as Washington attorney goes on trial

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Rioters loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. Brian Ulrich, a Georgia man affiliated with the Oath Keepers militia group, became the second Capitol rioter to plead guilty to seditious conspiracy for his actions leading up and through the attack. Jose Luis Magana/AP file photo hide caption

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President Biden's nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Steve Dettelbach, speaks during an event about gun violence on April 11 at the White House. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Ukraine's Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova visits a mass grave in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, on April 13, 2022. The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor to Bucha visited as the front in Russia's invasion shifted eastward and new allegations of crimes inflicted on locals emerged. Fadel Senna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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As Ukraine investigates Russian war crimes, the U.S. and EU allies offer assistance

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Ukraine's probe into Russian war crimes will get help from the U.S. and others

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Proud Boys members Zachary Rehl, left, and Ethan Nordean, left, walk toward the U.S. Capitol in support of President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021. They are two of six Proud Boys leaders charged with with conspiring to obstruct Congress' certification of Joe Biden's election victory. One of those leaders, Charles Donohoe, has pled guilty. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Dana Lahunovych's daughter is serving in the Ukrainian military. Lahunovych writes to her daughter about once a week on a messaging app, but she also fears knowing too much. Ryan Kellman/NPR hide caption

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2 Ukrainian mothers struggle to stay in touch with their children in front-line cities

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Two Ukrainian mothers struggle to stay in touch with their children on the front line

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