When the news broke earlier this year that an American journalist named James Foley had been killed, I paused. I felt my stomach turn from the heinousness of the act, not yet realizing that I knew James.

Rochester, N.H. – Sept. 11, 2014 – The family of slain journalist Jim Foley today announced creation of the James W. Foley Legacy Fund. “Jim’s bold commitment to bearing witness of the suffering in conflict zones and his extraordinary ability… Continue reading  

When Reporting Is Dangerous

Steven Sotloff and James Foley Elevated Journalism and Society. My heart broke for Steven Sotloff, the second American journalist beheaded in Syria, not only because of the barbarity ISIS inflicted on him but also because he died trying to push back against the trend in news coverage. Continue reading  

BOSTON — The scene is pure adrenaline. First, you hear panicked rebels crying “Allahu Akbar” — God is great. Foley knows better than to turn off the camera, in case there’s more action, or the worst happens. As he runs… Continue reading  

A French journalist, held hostage with James Foley for seven months, has been describing his time in captivity with the murdered journalist. Nicolas Henin was taken hostage in Syria in June 2013. He spent 10 months in captivity – seven… Continue reading  

“In the final moments of August 19, I was about to turn the internet off for the night when the first email arrived. “I just want to let you know I’m here for you, if you want to talk just… Continue reading  

James Foley’s Choices

James Foley’s reasons for becoming a reporter were modest but not small. During the summer of 2007, he enrolled at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. At thirty-three, he had a bachelor’s degree from Marquette University, an M.F.A. in fiction… Continue reading  

On his first day in Stephan Garnett’s journalism class at Northwestern University in 2007, James Foley listened while Garnett explained that the profession could at times be very dangerous. “You can get hurt doing this job. You can get killed… Continue reading  

My dear friend Jim Foley, the American journalist brutally executed by the Islamic State this week, was one of the kindest and most caring people I’ve ever worked with. In the often competitive and macho world of war reporting, Jim… Continue reading  

A video showing the beheading, by a black-garbed executioner, of the American journalist James Foley is the latest in a series of sickening acts that the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS, has visited on the world in… Continue reading  

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the 28-year-old infantryman from Idaho taken hostage by the Taliban in 2009, may finally be home and back on active duty in San Antonio. But others aren’t so lucky. Dozens of Westerners held hostage around the world,… Continue reading  

Washington — The family of US journalist James Foley, who on Friday will mark the first anniversary of his disappearance in war-torn Syria, say they have not given up hope of welcoming him home. The freelancer, a five-year veteran of… Continue reading  

Phil Balboni, president and CEO of GlobalPost, has been indefatigable in his support for Jim and his family. Today he sent the following note for the staff of GlobalPost, which we reproduce with his permission. Last November 22nd was Thanksgiving Day… Continue reading  

If you are able to, please join us for Mass at 8am at St. Charles Children’s Home, Rochester, NH Dearest Friends of Jim, This is a somber day for us; but also a day to renew our commitment to find our… Continue reading  

Thirty journalists — half of them foreign reporters, half of them Syrian — have been kidnapped or gone missing in Syria, the Associated Press reported this week. The number is unprecedented. Syria today is the scene of the single largest… Continue reading