James Clark is the Deputy Editor of Task & Purpose and has been with the publication since 2015. He is an Afghanistan War veteran and served in the Marine Corps as a combat correspondent. James is responsible for overseeing the daily news coverage of the editorial team, assigning stories, approving pitches, editing, and ensuring stories published on the site meet Task & Purpose’s editorial standards and the audience’s needs.
Expertise in culture writing and personality-driven features on issues and topics of interest and importance to the military and veteran community.
James’ 2018-2019 series on the Feres Doctrine, a 1950 Supreme Court ruling that bars service members from suing the government for negligence and wrongdoing, resulted in heightened interest and a renewed effort to see the precedent overturned.
His exclusive on the Afghanistan War documentary Combat Obscura was picked up by several national outlets and led the Marine Corps to drop their threats of a lawsuit against the filmmaker.
James’ reporting on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 made national headlines and reinvigorated a campaign to change the underlying issue, the so-called Widows Tax.
On the lighter side of things, James largely built up Task & Purpose’s entertainment beat with regular reviews, profiles, and a recurring column entitled That One Scene.