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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, 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 Charges 4 Chinese Researchers With Visa Fraud

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China has ordered the U.S. to close its consulate in Chengdu in retaliation for the U.S. closure of China's consulate in Houston. U.S. Department of State hide caption

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China Orders U.S. To Close Its Consulate In Chengdu

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John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, announces a law enforcement case involving China in November 2018. The Justice Department is prosecuting more alleged cybercrime cases. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate and socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to charges related to her alleged role in the sexual abuse of girls and young women by the late financier. Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump Commutes Roger Stone's Sentence

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Trump Commutes Sentence Of Longtime Friend And Adviser Roger Stone

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Ghislaine Maxwell Is Charged In Connection With Epstein Abuse Case

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Jeffrey Epstein's Companion Ghislaine Maxwell Faces Sexual Exploitation Charges

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White House Fires NY Prosecutor Who Led Investigations Of Trump Loyalists

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U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks to reporters last year about two Florida men associated with President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the Ukraine investigation. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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The Trump Administration Goes To Court To Try Stop John Bolton's Book Publication

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Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, pictured in June 2019, had a hearing on Friday about the government's effort to drop its case against him. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption

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