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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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Logistics plays an important role in Ukraine getting weapons from the U.S.

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Ukrainian soldiers stand on an armored personnel carrier not far from the front line with Russian troops in Izyum district, Kharkiv region, on Monday. Anatolii Stepanov/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Pentagon says Russia is still laying the groundwork for offensive in eastern Ukraine

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More Russian troops and artillery head into eastern Ukraine

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Russia's war will be led by a general with a reputation for attacking civilians

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What U.S. intelligence got right and wrong about the war in Ukraine

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Russia says it will drastically reduce its troops near Kyiv. The Pentagon is doubtful

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New NFL hiring rules aim to bring in more women and people of color

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The state of the war: a month after Russia tried to claim an easy victory

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U.S. and allies are sending thousands of weapons to Ukraine

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What does Ukraine need to continue its fight against Russia?

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Russian forces have captured the southern Ukrainian port city of Kherson

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U.S. defense official says Russian forces are moving in on Ukraine's capital

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White House says a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine could happen within days

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