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.


A stronger case for public media
Streams of public funding has always been available to create media. Now’s the time to think about how it can better serve communities.
Why I’m no longer reading stories with ‘first black’ headlines
Race for clicks can lead to dubious claims with little news value
How black audiences are more at risk of misinformation and media illiteracy
Can countering news deserts and encouraging media literacy help solve the problem?