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James Dao is a national correspondent for The New York Times covering military and veterans affairs. Prior to joining The Times in 1992, Mr. Dao was a reporter for the New York Daily News, where he was lead writer on a series about the people-smuggling industry in China. He has also been a political reporter for the Record of Hackensack.
Mr. Dao was raised in Williamsville, N.Y. and is a graduate of Yale University. He lives with his wife and three children in New Jersey.