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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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Wednesday

American military stand on a Abrams tank during a live fire demonstration part of the Bear 22 military exercises at the Nowa Deba training ground on September 21, 2022 in Nowa Deba, Poland. Omar Marques/Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

Allied nations — including the U.S. — met today to talk military support for Ukraine

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Wednesday

Tuesday

President Biden and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hold a press conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Ukraine says it needs help shooting down Russia's missile attacks

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Thursday

An elderly woman walks in the southern Ukrainian village of Arkhanhelske, outside Kherson, on Nov. 3. The Russians occupied the village until recently. Now Ukrainian forces are moving into villages where the Russians left. The Russians said they completed their withdrawal from Kherson on Friday, marking a major victory for Ukraine. Bulent Kilic/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Russia retreats from Kherson. Why is the U.S. nudging Ukraine on peace talks?

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Thursday

Can the U.S. keep up with Ukraine's demand for weaponry?

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Tuesday

Former Defense Secretary Ash Carter dies at age 68

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Monday

Kyiv targeted by Russian kamikaze drones

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Thursday

The differences between what Russia and Ukraine say is happening on the ground

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Thursday

What's next for the war in Ukraine

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Monday

Ukraine begins offensive in south to take back territory from Russia

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Thursday

What are the longterm implications of the U.S. sending military supplies to Ukraine?

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Wednesday

Chinese ambassador says U.S. is provoking China with congressional visits to Taiwan

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Wednesday

Ukrainian soldiers patrol on a road in Sydorove, eastern Ukraine, on May 17, 2022. The U.S. is sending Ukraine more advanced rocket systems and munitions in the fourth month of the war. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. is sending advanced rocket systems to Ukraine, but not to be shot into Russia

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