After graduating from Rutgers, O'Keefe worked for a year at the Leadership Institute (LI) in Arlington, Virginia under media specialist Ben Wetmore, whom O'Keefe calls his mentor. The institute sent him to colleges to train students to start conservative independent newspapers, but, after a year he left the LI and started his career as an independent journalist.
O'Keefe has produced and distributed secretly recorded, misleadingly edited videos and audio files made during staged encounters with targeted entities or individuals. His work takes the form of undercover stings targeted at liberal groups and politicians.
James O'Keefe has reached the age of 32 in the year 2016. He has an American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. He married his wife on 8 September 2012. The independent American Journalist has made headlines from his sting operations which have wrecked lives of many big figures and has skyrocketed the TRP's so he is believed to have a good amount of net worth but the freelance journalist's real income and net worth are still not disclosed anywhere.