Tom Bowman Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.
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Tom Bowman at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (photo by Allison Shelley)
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Tom Bowman

Pentagon Reporter

Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.

In his current role, Bowman has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan often for month-long visits and embedded with U.S. Marines and soldiers.

Before coming to NPR in April 2006, Bowman spent nine years as a Pentagon reporter at The Baltimore Sun. Altogether he was at The Sun for nearly two decades, covering the Maryland Statehouse, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the National Security Agency (NSA). His coverage of racial and gender discrimination at NSA led to a Pentagon investigation in 1994.

Initially Bowman imagined his career path would take him into academia as a history, government, or journalism professor. During college Bowman worked as a stringer at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass. He also worked for the Daily Transcript in Dedham, Mass., and then as a reporter at States News Service, writing for the Miami Herald and the Anniston (Ala.) Star.

Bowman is a co-winner of a 2006 National Headliners' Award for stories on the lack of advanced tourniquets for U.S. troops in Iraq. In 2010, he received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage of a Taliban roadside bomb attack on an Army unit.

Bowman earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from St. Michael's College in Winooski, Vermont, and a master's degree in American Studies from Boston College.

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Defense Secretary Mattis Visits Troops Deployed To U.S.-Mexico Border

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Raqqa: View From The Ground

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Department Of Defense Shares Details Of Massive Troop Deployment To Border

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A border protection officer stands next to a recently upgraded section of fencing at the U.S.-Mexico border in Calexico, Calif., on Friday. The Pentagon says it will send 5,000 U.S. troops to the border. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Military Acknowledges American General Was Wounded During Deadly Kandahar Attack

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Mourners stand beside the grave of Gen. Abdul Raziq, the Kandahar police chief who was killed by a Taliban attack, during his burial ceremony Friday in Kandahar, Afghanistan. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley was wounded in the attack. STR/AP hide caption

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Top Provincial Leaders Assassinated Ahead Of Elections In Afghanistan

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Schoolchildren are led through a dance routine at a U.S. government-supported childcare center in Raqqa. Greg Dixon/NPR hide caption

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In Syria, A School Helps Children Traumatized By War

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U.S. Backs Kurds And Arabs In Push To Oust ISIS Remnants From Syria

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No Longer Under ISIS Control, How Has Raqqa Changed?

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Taliban Confirms Death Of Haqqani Network Founder For The First Time

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Is 'Training' A 'War Game?' The Answer Could Determine U.S.-South Korea Exercises

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