About me

John Ryan, February 2012

Before joining Newsweek/The Daily Beast in July 2012, I wrote for Army Times for two years after serving five years on active duty in the U.S. Army, deploying twice to Iraq as a platoon leader. During a tour in 2006, I wrote a manual for capturing insurgents and was awarded a Bronze Star for service. I have also completed the Army’s Sapper and Airborne schools and Special Forces tryouts.

After leaving the Army in 2008, I briefly played professional lacrosse, worked as a fitness coach at a college in New York and captained Ireland’s national lacrosse team. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and a graduate degree in journalism, with a concentration of magazine writing, from Columbia University in New York City.

My work has appeared in USA Today, Defense News and Inside Lacrosse, as well as Newsweek/The Daily Beast and Army Times.

Here’s my sports profile.

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