Aaron K. Foley

I’m Aaron, a journalist and author from Detroit. I’m currently a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University, wrapping in June 2020, and working on a book about cities and gentrification tentatively due in early 2021.

I’ve worked as a journalist and writer in several settings. Most recently, I was the City of Detroit Government’s chief storyteller — the first position of its kind in the nation — leading a team of writers, videographers and photographers producing news and features from Detroit neighborhoods. In 2015, I published my first book, “How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass” and followed up by editing an anthology, “The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook,” in 2017. From 2015 to 2017, I was also editor-in-chief of BLAC Detroit Magazine.

I’ve written for Jalopnik, Next City, The Atlantic, GQ, CNN, Columbia Journalism Review, BuzzFeed and several more outlets. I’ve given talks across the world and have guested on several programs, including PBS NewsHour, NPR’s All Things Considered, WNYC’s On the Media and PRI’s Marketplace.

Reach me by emailing me at aaronkfoley@gmail.com.