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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. Will Leave Up To 1,000 Troops In Syria To Guard Against ISIS Resurgence

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House Armed Services Committee Blocks Shift Of Pentagon Funding For Border Wall

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President Trump Says The ISIS Territorial Caliphate Has Been Eliminated In Syria

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How Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan May Have Promoted Boeing Over Competitors

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Final Assault On Last ISIS Stronghold Doesn't Mean It Will Disappear Immediately

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Some of the newer housing where mold has been found is seen at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Private contractors that provide maintenance for military housing have been criticized for shoddy work and ignored repair calls. Nick Oxford/Reuters hide caption

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Shoddy Maintenance Of Military Housing Under Scrutiny By Senate, Military Leaders

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Military Housing Issues Are Bigger Than Realized, Army Secretary Says

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Transgender Troops Argue For Military Inclusion Before House Committee

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Marine guards at the Sept. 11, 2017, flag ceremony in the U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul, Afghanistan. An internal State Dept. memo says it is the largest U.S. embassy in the world. U.S. Department of State hide caption

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U.S. Looking To Reduce Kabul Embassy Staff As Afghanistan Mission Changes

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Defense Department Still Without Permanent Secretary

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Chief U.S. Negotiator In Afghanistan Says Peace Deal Is Still Far Off

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Pentagon To Send Thousands More Active-Duty Troops To U.S.-Mexico Border

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Memorial to the Wounded Knee Massacre that occurred on Dec. 29, 1890, near Wounded Knee Creek on the Lakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota. VW Pics/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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ISIS Claims Responsibility For Explosion In Syria That Killed U.S. Troops

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