Who’s Aaron?

I’m editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine, a 35,000-circulation monthly glossy in Metro Detroit and also author of “How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass” (BELT, December 2015), a social guidebook for Detroit residents, old and new. I’ve won awards for my journalism, have made several appearances on national and local TV and radio, and have spoken on many panels, in several roundtable discussions and at other events. I’m always down for a beer at Honest John’s in Detroit.

I started my career as a copy editor at the Lansing State Journal, where I also wrote columns on being a 20-something. I came back to my hometown of Detroit to help launch MLive Detroit, an experiment in online-only journalism in a city dominated by legacy media. After three years at MLive working as a web producer and covering education and entertainment, I embraced my lifelong love of cars working as an associate editor at WardsAuto, an industry trade.

While working at Ward’s, I was approached by Jalopnik to contribute dispatches about the Motor City. That morphed into Jalopnik Detroit, a Gawker Media subblog with original takes on the constantly changing narrative of the city. Several of my Jalopnik Detroit pieces have been cited in other media, and my essay, “We Love Detroit, Even If You Don’t,” was included in “A Detroit Anthology.” Following a layoff at Ward’s, I began freelancing for other outlets, including Reuters, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Metro Times, CNN, Forbes, Ebony, Next City, Bridge Michigan, The Architect’s Newspaper, Belt Magazine, and several others. I’ve also contributed essays to literary journals, including The Periphery and Transmission.

After a brief stint in the advertising world, I’m back in journalism. In addition to BLAC, I still occasionally freelance. In 2015, I was a speaker at TEDXDEtroit; you can watch my talk here. I also host a pub trivia night every week!

Want to chat? I’m at aaronkfoley(at)gmail(dot)com.

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