James LaPorta

Senior Correspondent

James LaPorta is a senior correspondent for Newsweek covering national security and military affairs. Since joining the magazine, Mr. LaPorta has extensively covered the U.S. military's presence at the U.S.-Mexico border and was first to report on the U.S. Special Forces raid in Syria which resulted in the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State militant group. In 2018, he contributed reporting to an Emmy-nominated PBS Frontline documentary about neo-nazis and white supremacy groups in the U.S. military after the violent 2017 protests in Charlotteville, Virginia. 

Mr. LaPorta is a Marine Corps infantry veteran of the Afghanistan war, and he also served as an intelligence cell chief and a combat marksmanship instructor before transitioning to journalism in 2014. Prior to joining Newsweek in 2018, his past bylines, work, and commentary have appeared on and in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, CBS News, CNN, MSNBC, among others. Mr. LaPorta is a military advisor and technical consultant for the critically-acclaimed and Emmy award winning show This is Us on NBC. He has also reviewed famous military movies for GQ magazine. 

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