Fourth Annual Foley Run, website redesign to honor James Foley

ROCHESTER, N.H. -- The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation will honor the slain conflict journalist on Saturday, Oct. 20, with the fourth annual Foley Freedom Run and the unveiling of a new website. Foley would have celebrated his 45th birthday this month.

James Foley, a freelance journalist, was beheaded by ISIS in 2014 after nearly two years in captivity in northern Syria. The foundation was created the same year by his family to improve the safety and treatment of independent freelance conflict journalists, to advocate for the safe return of Americans kidnapped abroad and to improve U.S. hostage policy.

The annual run will take place this weekend in Rochester, New Hampshire, as well as smaller runs in New York, Milwaukee, Chicago, Houston, San Diego, Washington and other cities.

“Thousands are expected to come together for the run to remember the brave journalists who have died to keep us free, to cherish our freedom and to raise funds for the protection of independent journalists covering conflicts,” said Diane Foley, founder and president of the foundation.

The foundation also unveiled a website redesign with a more robust Journalist Safety Guide to support its commitment to education around conflict journalism. The guide is a free tool for professors, students, freelance journalists and others to prepare for potential threats while reporting.

“With the recent horrific example of Jamal Khashoggi, it should be clear that journalists face serious danger in reporting tough stories,” said Ellen Shearer, professor at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and Foley foundation board member.

Shearer worked with Tom Durkin, a professor at Marquette University and friend of Jim, to craft a series of seminars where students could hear first hand accounts from experienced conflict journalists and discuss how they would respond in sample scenarios.

“Making our safety training seminars more easily available is one way we hope to help journalists learn how to possibly mitigate their risks,” said Shearer.


About the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation:

James W Foley was an independent American conflict journalist who worked extensively across the Middle East. He was taken hostage by ISIS in Syria in 2012 and was killed in 2014. His impact on colleagues and friends has been highlighted in the awarding-winning documentary film “Jim: The James Foley Story”.

The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation is a registered nonprofit foundation that supports work in three key areas that were important to Jim’s life: American hostage freedom, protection of independent conflict journalists, and education of the public and university students regarding these silent crises.

For more information about the foundation, or to learn how you can make an impact, please visit or contact Amy Coyne at To learn more about the 2018 Foley Freedom run, visit and follow the action on social media: @JamesFoleyFund on Twitter and Facebook.