James O'Keefe, 26, is an investigative journalist and filmmaker. He is president of Project Veritas, a non-profit organization dedicated to training video muckrakers nationwide. James' investigations expose corruption and malfeasance in major taxpayer-funded institutions, including ACORN, Planned Parenthood, the U.S. Census Bureau, and elected officials. His most recent expose featured the New Jersey teachers union and was hailed by N.J. Governor Chris Christie as "enlightening and enraging."
James is most well-known for his 2009 ACORN investigation, which exposed systematic corruption in multiple offices, such as the facilitation of child prostitution, human trafficking and tax evasion.
The U.S. House and Senate promptly voted to defund ACORN and the U.S.
Census cut ties with the group. The organization was ultimately forced to disband.
In addition to his own reporting, James is committed to empowering the next generation of citizen journalists. From student newspaper editors to bloggers to video producers, enterprising young reporters across the country look to James for inspiration, advice, and encouragement.
He started his own career as a journalist writing for the Daily Targum at his alma mater, Rutgers University, before founding and editing The Rutgers Centurion. There he made a point about political-correctness run amok, successfully leading a campaign to ban Lucky Charms cereal from the school cafeteria because it stereotypes Irish people.