Tom Bowman Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon.
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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 Syria as well as 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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U.S. Forces Prepare To Leave Northeast Syria

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U.S. Allies Alarmed On First Day Of Turkish Offensive In Kurdish-Controlled Syria

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Commander Of Syrian Democratic Forces Reacts To Trump Pulling Troops From Border

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U.S. Officials Caught Off Guard By Trump's Shift In Northern Syria

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Retrospective: The 18-Year, And Counting, Afghan War

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In Afghanistan, Soldiers And Marines Reflect On The 18th Anniversary Of Sept. 11

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President Trump Calls Off Potential Peace Deal With The Taliban

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Trump Calls Off Afghanistan Peace Talks

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Top American General On Future Of Afghanistan

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