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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Pentagon Releases Report After Niger Ambush Investigation

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Members of the 3rd Special Forces Group, 2nd Battalion salute the casket of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson at his burial service in Hollywood, Fla., on Oct. 21. Johnson and three other U.S. soldiers were killed in an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4. Gaston De Cardenas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pentagon Niger Ambush Report Will Not Assign Blame For Soldiers' Deaths

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Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan at the Pentagon on Monday. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Pentagon's No. 2 Watches The Money — And The Future

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Pentagon Report: Cascade Of Errors Led To Niger Ambush, Deaths Of 4 Americans

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How Long Will U.S. Forces Stay In Syria?

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U.S.-Led Attack Targets 3 Syrian Chemical Weapons Facilities

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Defense Secretary Mattis Addresses The Situation In Syria Before Congress

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How The U.S. Is Prepared To Respond To Apparent Chemical Attack In Syria

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Will President Trump Take Military Action In Syria?

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Trump Calls For U.S. Military On U.S.-Mexico Border

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State Department Freezes $200 Million Promised For Syria Fund

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Pentagon To Release Niger Probe Results Into Deaths Of 4 U.S. Soldiers

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