The Story of James Foley

On the 18th of October in 1973, James Wright Foley was born in Evanston, Illinois. Though he began his professional life as a teacher in the Midwest, Foley would go on to have a storied career in wartime journalism, covering events that transpired all over the globe. His prolific involvement in the Middle East would end in tragedy in 2014, but his work helped to expose the suffering of thousands of Syrian citizens living under a cruel and terroristic regime.


GlobalPost Journalist James Foley talks about being held by the Libyan Government. (Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Let’s take a look back through Foley’s early career, culminating with his crucial work in Syria, and the lasting impression it left on the American people, the war effort, and the world itself.

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