James LaPorta


Non sibi sed patriae 


James LaPorta

professional Biography

Non sibi sed patriae is a Latin phrase meaning, Not for self, but country.

The motto, borrowed from my former Marine infantry battalion, has become my personal mantra because I fundamental believe that quality journalism is just as important to the survival of a democracy as the armies guarding its borders. 

Currently, I'm a military correspondent and investigative journalist currently contributing to The Daily Beast. I've covered both local and national politics; national security; conflict; Hurricanes Matthew and Irma; the Department of Defense; the LGBTQ community and the 2018 Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. 

My bylines, work, and commentary have appeared on and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, CBS News, CNN, NBC NewsMSNBC, PBS News Hour, BBC News , CTV News and CBC News in Canada, Newsmax TV and News.com in Australia, among others. 

Prior to pursuing a career in journalism, I served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a infantry rifleman. From 2006 until 2014, he served in multiple leadership billets, working as a infantry squad leader, a combat marksmanship instructor and as an intelligence cell chief. 

A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, I was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 2014.