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 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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Gen. Jim McConville, the Army chief of staff, visiting Fort Irwin in California's Mojave Desert. The Army is working to get back to large-scale training after a three-month hiatus due to concerns about the coronavirus. Tom Bowman/NPR hide caption

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Sergeant First Class Nathan Anslow runs the Inglewood Army recruiting station in Los Angeles. Tom Bowman/NPR hide caption

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Army Scales Back In-Person Recruiting, Deploys Virus Testing Before Basic Training

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The Military Ban On COVID-19 Patients Enlisting Is Yet To Become A Policy

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The U.S. Military Continues Operations Worldwide Despite The Pandemic

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Pentagon Considers Navy Request To Reinstate USS Roosevelt Captain

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The Navy Has Decided To Restore Capt. Brett Crozier

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The Army is shipping soldiers to basic training again after a two-week pause. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley, pictured on April 1, said last week he plans to dramatically increase the military's testing for the coronavirus. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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U.S. Military Also Struggling To Ramp Up Coronavirus Testing Capacity

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In Tal Tamr, Syrian Kurds Seek Safety And Shelter From Turkish Attacks

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U.S. Sailor Dies In Guam Of Coronavirus-Related Complications

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Acting Navy Secretary Resigns, USNS Comfort's Mission Is Changed

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Acting Secretary Of The Navy Slams Capt. Brett Crozier In Speech To Ship's Crew

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Navy Removes Commander Of Aircraft Carrier After He Criticized Coronavirus Response

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How The COVID-19 Oubreak Is Impacting U.S Military Life

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