I’m Aaron Foley, a journalist and writer originally from Detroit based in New York. I’m currently director of the Black Media Initiative at the Center for Community Media at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY. Recently I was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in the class of 2020. I’m currently working on my third book about cities and gentrification.
Previously, 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 editor-in-chief of BLAC Detroit Magazine, where I still write a monthly column.
I’ve contributed to “This American Life,” Jalopnik, Next City, The Atlantic, GQ, CNN, Columbia Journalism Review, BuzzFeed and more. I’ve given talks around the world, including a TEDxDetroit talk and SXSW, and have guested on several programs, including PBS’ “NewsHour,” NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Here & Now”, WNYC’s “On the Media” and PRI’s “Marketplace.”
As an essayist, my works have been included in “A Detroit Anthology,” “Voices From the Rust Belt,” “Black in the Middle: An Anthology of the Black Midwest” and “Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology from Middle America.”
My full CV is here on LinkedIn. Reach me by emailing me at email@example.com.