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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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Trump Pardons Michael Flynn Despite Guilty Plea For Lying About Russia Contact

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President Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, pictured at the E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse in Washington, D.C., in July 2018. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Pardons Michael Flynn, Who Pleaded Guilty To Lying About Russia Contact

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President Trump arrives to speak last week in the White House Rose Garden. He has benefited from the de facto immunity from prosecution that all presidents enjoy while in office. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Once Out Of Office, Trump Faces Significant Legal Jeopardy

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8 People Charged Over Alleged Role In Chinese Government Operation In The U.S.

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Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers speaks during a virtual news conference at the Department of Justice, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020 with FBI Director Christopher Wray. Sarah Silbiger/AP hide caption

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E. Jean Carroll (left), who has accused President Trump of raping her in the 1990s, leaves federal court in New York City after a hearing last week in her defamation lawsuit. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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The U.S. Justice Department is suing Google, accusing the tech giant of breaking antitrust laws as it has amassed power and grown into the world's most dominant search engine. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Google Abuses Its Monopoly Power Over Search, Justice Department Says In Lawsuit

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6 Russian Intelligence Officers Charged In High-Profile Cyberattacks

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Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers of the Justice Department's National Security Division, pictured on Oct. 7, has announced new charges against Russians allegedly connected to the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. Jim Watson/Pool/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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DOJ Unveils More Sweeping Cyber-Charges Against Russian Intelligence Officers

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