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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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Pentagon Says U.S. Has Begun Its Withdrawal From Syria

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Trump Administration Walks Back Timeline For U.S. Troops Leaving Syria

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Troops To Be Deployed To Border To Build And Upgrade 160 Miles Of Fencing

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What 3 Deaths Among Thousands Tell Us About Afghanistan In 2018

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Trump Orders The Withdrawal Of 7,000 U.S. Troops From Afghanistan

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Trump Decides To Withdraw Troops From Syria, Goes Against Mattis Again

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White House Announces U.S. Troops Will Be Withdrawing From Syria

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U.S. Withdraws Forces From Syria, Following White House Orders

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