Aaron Foley

Aaron Foley ('20)
Aaron Foley
JSK Journalism Fellow
chief storyteller, City of Detroit, Detroit

Aaron Foley is a JSK Journalism Fellow. When selected as a fellow he was the chief storyteller for the city of Detroit, where he managed a team of content creators who document life in the city for online and televised platforms. He is the first person to be appointed chief storyteller for a local government. He is also the author of the 2015 book “How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass” and editor of the 2017 book “The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook.” Prior to working for the City of Detroit, he was editor-in-chief of BLAC Detroit Magazine, a founding staffer of MLive Detroit and a copy editor and columnist at the Lansing State Journal. He has also freelanced for several national publications, including The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, BuzzFeed, CNN and more. A Detroit native and resident, he has traveled the country and the world as a speaker and panelist discussing his hometown, and he is a frequent radio and television guest and an occasional consultant for Detroit-based projects.