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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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Conspiracies Fly At Far-Right Rally Near Heavily Guarded Capitol

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Pentagon Calls Drone Strike Which Killed Afghan Civilians A 'Tragic Mistake'

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Thousands Of Afghans Likely Stuck Near Mazir-i-Sharif Airport, Trying To Flee

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Pentagon Ceremony Remembers Those Lost On September 11

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Afghan evacuees sit on a bus at the U.S. air base in Ramstein, Germany, on Aug. 26. Ramstein Air Base, the largest U.S. Air Force base in Europe, has hosted thousands of Afghans. Armando Babani/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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What It's Like Inside The U.S. Processing Center Welcoming Thousands Of Afghans

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An Expo Center Outside Washington, D.C., Now Welcomes Airlifted Afghan Refugees

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Refugees Are Still Trying To Flee Afghanistan And Blinken Arrived In Qatar For Talks

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After Two Decades And More Than A 150,000 Dead, America Has Left Afghanistan

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Troops Are Out Of Afghanistan, Ending The Longest War In American History

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As Evacuations Wrap Up, There Are Threats Of Another Attack At Kabul Airport

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Taliban fighters mobilize to control a crowd during a rally for Afghanistan's independence day in Kabul on Aug. 19. The Taliban seized control of the city this week, effectively capturing the country in a matter of weeks. Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images hide caption

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The Afghan Army Collapsed In Days. Here Are The Reasons Why

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Pentagon Issues Update On Efforts To Evacuate Thousands From Afghanistan

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U.S. Is Evacuating Afghan Allies — But Thousands Might Not Get Out Before Aug. 31

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The Afghan Government Has Fallen And The U.S. Begins Finger-Pointing

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