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Tom Bowman

Pentagon Reporter

Tom Bowman is a NPR National Desk reporter covering the Pentagon. He is also a co-host of NPR's Taking Cover podcast.

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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Wednesday

In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwan President Lai Ching-te, right, shares a light moment with Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas after receiving a cowboy hat in Taipei, Taiwan, Monday, May 27, 2024. Taiwan Presidential Office/AP hide caption

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Thursday

Aid groups warned humanitarian operations in Gaza may collapse. In Rafah, they have

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Friday

A new U.S. pier starts operations off Gaza. Advocates say the aid isn't nearly enough

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Wednesday

The implications after President Biden put a hold on a shipment of bombs for Israel

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Thursday

The long road ahead for Ukraine after secured military assistance from the U.S.

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Ukrainian tank-men are seen on a BWP infantry fighting vehicle prepare for combat as the war between Russia and Ukraine continues in the direction of Lyman in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine on March 17, 2024. Jose Colon/Anadolu via Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

Israel prepares for Rafah offensive as U.S. plans to build new Gaza port

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Thursday

Demonstrators wave a huge Iranian flag in an anti-Israeli gathering in front of an anti-Israeli banner on the wall of a building at the Felestin (Palestine) Square in Tehran, Iran, on Monday. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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Sunday

U.S. says it helped Israel take down incoming drones launched by Iran

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Wednesday

Israel's raid on Gaza's Al-Shifa hospital foreshadows risks of Rafah assault

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Monday

US officials warn of ISIS-K threat

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Tuesday

U.S. officers recall the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal in hearing on Capitol Hill

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Thursday

U.S. dropped tens of thousands of meals into Gaza with more planned. It's not enough

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Thursday

The U.S. Army is restructuring as the future looks more uncertain

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Thursday

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Russia is working on a weapon to destroy satellites but has not deployed one yet

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Saturday

The U.S. hit over 85 Iran-linked targets in retaliatory strikes

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Friday

President Biden and first lady Jill Biden attend the dignified transfer of the remains of three U.S. service members killed in a drone attack on a U.S. military outpost in Jordan, at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Friday. Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. hits Iranian proxies in Iraq, Syria in retaliation for deadly strikes

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Thursday

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin apologizes for keeping hospital stay, diagnosis secret

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Monday

After Jordan attack, White House says it doesn't seek war, but vows to respond

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Sunday

Jordan drone strike kills 3 Americans

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Thursday

How the U.S. military is factoring into expanding conflict in the Middle East

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Thursday

Image taken from the bridge of HMS Diamond, seen here firing Sea Viper missiles in the Red Sea on Oct. 1. The HMS Diamond along with U.S. warships successfully repelled a large attack from the Iranian-backed Houthis in the Red Sea. UK MOD/Sipa USA via Reuters Conn hide caption

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U.S. and U.K. strike Houthi targets in Yemen

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Tuesday

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is being treated for prostate cancer

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