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 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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8 Rescued, 3 Missing After U.S. Navy Aircraft Crash

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Air Force Addresses Failure To Forward Criminal Records Of Texas Gunman To FBI

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New recruits of the Afghan 215th Corps assemble at Camp Shorabak in Helmand Province. Peter Breslow/NPR hide caption

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In Helmand, Afghan General Fights Taliban 'Cancer' With Some Help From U.S. Marines

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News Brief: Democrats Win In Virginia And New Jersey, Examining The Texas Shooter's Past

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Details Emerge On Texas Church Shooter's Past

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Texas Church Shooter Should Have Been Blocked From Owning Guns

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Navy Calls Deadly Crashes 'Preventable'

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A Look At The State Of Diplomatic Efforts In Afghanistan

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Chairman Of Joint Chiefs Of Staff Says A Lot About Attack In Niger Is Still Unknown

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No Clear End Game For U.S. Military In Iraq And Syria

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U.S. Troops Train Afghan Soldiers In Troubled Helmand Province

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'The Taliban Can't Win,' Says Commander Of U.S. Forces In Afghanistan

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An Update On Trump's Afghanistan Strategy

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