Aaron K. Foley

Are you dropping by from “This American Life?” Welcome! Hope you enjoyed the episode.

I’m Aaron, a journalist and author originally from Detroit. I’m currently director of the Black Media Initiative 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. And I’m currently working on a book about cities and gentrification tentatively due in early 2021.

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 also editor-in-chief of BLAC Detroit Magazine, where I still write a monthly column.

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.