Ryan Lucas
Ryan Lucas in 2018
Stories By

Ryan Lucas

Allison Shelley/NPR
Ryan Lucas in 2018
Allison Shelley/NPR

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.

[+] read more[-] less

Story Archive

FBI Director Christopher Wray, pictured in May 2019, is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

A Capitol Police officer holds a program as people pay their respects at the remains officer Brian Sicknick, who died after defending the Capitol against the Jan. 6 insurrection. Demetrius Freeman/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Demetrius Freeman/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Senators Question Merrick Garland During Confirmation Hearing For Attorney General

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/970278630/970278631" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., pictured during a hearing in July 2020, is suing former President Donald Trump over the Capitol riot after Trump was acquitted by the Senate over an incitement charge. Anna Moneymaker/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Anna Moneymaker/Pool/Getty Images

Impeachment Hearings: Trump's Lawyers Present Spirited Defense Of Former President

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/967458753/967458754" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Del. Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands, a House impeachment manager, played senators new video and audio footage documenting the violent mayhem of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Handout/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Handout/Getty Images

After Graphic Video Started 1st Day, Trump Trial Enters 2nd Day

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/966199587/966199588" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

56 Votes Is Enough To Continue Trump's Trial—But Short Of What's Needed To Convict

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/966049993/966118743" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Inside Former President Donald Trump's Upcoming Senate Impeachment Trial

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/965515624/965515625" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

National Guard troops and Capitol Police stand guard at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, the day before Donald Trump's second Senate impeachment trial is set to begin. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images