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Diane Foley learned her son's fate not from any government official but from a sobbing journalist who asked if she'd been on Twitter.

Foley had not, but the ghastly images weren't hard to find. President Barack Obama soon confirmed the news to the world: James Foley, a 40-year-old American journalist kidnapped in Syria two years earlier, was the American beheaded by Islamic State militants in a video circulating online.

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The Trump administration in December decided it’s time to pull U.S. troops out of Syria.

But New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen is speaking out against the withdrawal. She’s working with Diane Foley, the mother of journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley, who was killed by ISIS in 2014.

Shaheen and Foley penned and op-ed for the Washington Post arguing the withdrawal risks a resurgence in Islamic State violence around the globe, and Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with the Senator by phone about that article.

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New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and the mother of slain journalist James Foley are urging President Donald Trump to continue prioritizing justice for Americans lost in Syria following his unexpected decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the country.

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James Foley, a reporter who was killed by ISIS militants in 2014, was recognized by the New Hampshire Supreme Court Society with its Life and Liberty Award during a ceremony in Concord on Tuesday.

Foley, who grew up in Wolfeboro, was a freelance journalist who often spent time in conflict zones. He was covering the Syrian Civil War when he was captured and eventually killed by ISIS militants. His death reverberated around the globe, and brought attention to the dangers facing journalists.

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We sit down with Lulu Garcia-Navarro, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, and former foreign correspondent who has reported from Israel, Brazil, Mexico, and Libya, among others. She is in New Hampshire to speak about James Foley, a journalist who was killed by the Islamic State in 2014, and who is being honored by the N.H. Supreme Court Society. We discuss Foley, international reporting, and diversity in newsrooms. 

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Two Islamic State militants, who belonged to a terrorist cell that held and killed freelance journalist James Foley, were captured in January.

 Foley's mother Diane does not want the militants executed and is calling for them to be brought to the U.S. to stand criminal trial. Morning Edition Host Rick Ganley spoke with Foley about how she would like to see the two men brought to justice.

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5K in Rochester to Honor Fallen Journalist James Foley

Oct 14, 2016

Hundreds of people are expected to run in the James Foley Freedom 5k this Saturday in Rochester. The race is in honor of journalist James Foley who was killed by ISIS in 2014.



The mother of a photojournalist killed by the Islamic State is fighting for press freedoms and services for families of hostages two years after her son's death.

Diane Foley, of Rochester, New Hampshire, tells the Portsmouth Herald she thinks many Americans take press freedoms for granted. Foley created the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation to advocate for the release of American hostages and help keep journalists reporting in conflict zones safe.

James Foley was killed on Aug. 19, 2014, after being held hostage by the Islamic State for several months.

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ROCHESTER, N.H. - A New Hampshire journalist who was executed more than a year and a half ago after being held hostage by the Islamic State in Syria has been posthumously recognized by a local rotary club.

Foster's Daily Democrat reports the Rochester Rotary gave the Paul Harris Fellow Award to James Foley. 

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A documentary about the life and death of New Hampshire native and photojournalist James Foley will air on HBO next month.

According to the Boston Globe, HBO Documentary Films has acquired stateside TV rights to "Jim: The James Foley Story."

The documentary will debut Feb. 6 on HBO, shortly after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. 

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The parents of slain journalist James Foley say they’re grateful for a recent White House review of U.S. hostage policies.

In a statement last week, John and Diane Foley of Rochester said the review helped to shine “a spotlight on the silent crisis of American citizens kidnapped abroad.”

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U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen plans to meet with the mother of slain journalist James Foley who was killed by the Islamic State group last year to get her views on revised government policies for supporting families of hostages.

Shaheen, a Democrat, says the US government should have done a much better job supporting the families of Foley and Steven Sotloff — another American journalist killed — as well as the families of other Americans held hostage.

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  New Hampshire Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte have introduced legislation to set a $5 million reward for information that would point authorities to the ISIS terrorists who killed New Hampshire journalist James Foley and others.

The bipartisan bill would also authorize State Department rewards of $5 million for tips on the kidnapping and murder of any U.S. citizen by any foreign terrorist group. Seven other senators have co-sponsored the legislation. Shaheen and Ayotte introduced a similar bill last year.


A New Hampshire journalist murdered by Islamic State extremists in Syria has been honored with the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications First Amendment Award.

The award was established to honor New Hampshire people or organizations who protect or exemplify the liberties granted in the First Amendment.

The 14th annual New Hampshire Film Festival will celebrate the film work of slain journalist, James Foley, who grew up in Wolfboro.

Back in 2011, just days before the fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Film directors Ross Kaufman and Katy Chevigny hired a cinematographer to film the part of their documentary that would take place in Libya.   That cinematographer was photojournalist James Foley. The following year, Foley was abducted in Syria. He was executed by Islamic State militants in August.


The mother of slain journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley says the U.S. government threatened prosecution if the family attempted to raise ransom.

In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Diane Foley said she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the way the American government dealt with her son’s case.

James Foley, a Rochester native, was killed by the militant group known as the Islamic State, or ISIS. A video of his murder was released in August.

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Vice President Joe Biden visited the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Wednesday. His stated reason was to celebrate shipyard workers – but it was clear he was also there to boost Democrats heading into election season.


Both of those ends were put on hold at the start of Biden’s remarks.  Instead, the Vice President began with fiery rhetoric from Biden for ISIS terrorists, who have now murdered two US journalists.

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Kimball Union Academy in Meriden is mourning the loss of graduate Steven Sotloff.

"His courageous actions have and will always inspire our students and our community,” Head of School Mike Schafer said in a letter to the school community.

Updated 5:09 a.m. Wednesday:

U.S. officials say the video showing the beheading of a second U.S. journalist by militants of the Islamic State is authentic. "The U.S. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing U.S. citizen Steven Sotloff and has reached the judgment that it is authentic," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement Wednesday.

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The mother of slain journalist James Foley says in an interview with NPR's All Things Considered that the family did not want him to return to Syria after a brief trip back to the United States in 2011.

"We really did not want him to go back," Diane Foley tells host Melissa Block. "I must be honest about that," she says of her son, who was killed by Islamic State militants in Syria earlier this month.

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A Roman Catholic bishop in New Hampshire says slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by showing the world images of people affected by war.

Bishop Peter Libasci spoke Sunday at a Mass of Remembrance in Foley's hometown of Rochester. The bishop says even after Foley was captured for the first time in Libya in 2011, "he went back again that we might open our eyes."

The Mass was attended by Foley's parents and hundreds of others.

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A "Holy Mass of Healing, Hope and For Peace" is being held Sunday in Rochester at the church where slain journalist James Foley’s family are parishioners. The mass follows Wednesday’s confirmation of Foley’s death at the hands of Islamic State Militants.

At 2pm Sunday, Bishop Peter Libasci will join Jim Foley’s parents and their Reverend, Paul Gousse for a traditional Mass at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary parish. Patrick McGee of the Diocese says the Mass is "to offer prayers for hope and for peace."  

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The parents of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the militant group the Islamic State, say their son is now a martyr for freedom.

“Jimmy did his work. So it's up to others to pick up the ball and go forward. You know?” said John Foley, James’ father, “Our government, other foreign governments. How long are we going to tolerate all this?”

Speaking to the press outside their home in Rochester earlier today, Foley’s parents said eye-witnesses had already told them their son was still alive.


At the beginning of today's show, we checked in with the AP's northern New England correspondent, Rik Stevens. He has been covering the video released yesterday showing James Foley's beheading. (digital post by Faith Meixell)


Twitter is trying to block the spread of gruesome images of the beheading of journalist James Foley by Islamic State militants, while a movement to deny his killers the publicity they crave is also gaining momentum.

In a Tweet published late Tuesday California time, CEO Dick Costolo said his company "is actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery," and he gave a link to a New York Times story about Foley's killing.

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Three years ago, NHPR's Jon Greenberg sat down with New Hampshire journalist James Foley.

Foley's family in Rochester and New Hampshire officials have confirmed he was killed by ISIS militants.

He was kidnapped two years ago, but this wasn't the first time he went missing.

The Libyan government held reporter Foley and two of his colleagues for six weeks.  The three were released in 2011.

Foley was a correspondent with Global Post, an online news service. 


The mother of kidnapped New Hampshire journalist James Foley says her son gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.

"We have never been prouder of our son Jim," said Diane Foley, in a statement posted on the "Free James Foley" Facebook page.

A video by Islamic State militants Tuesday purported to show the cold-blooded execution of Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

Governor Maggie Hassan released a statement Tuesday night on Foley's death, calling him a "talented and fearless photojournalist."

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It’s been 100 days since journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley was kidnapped in Syria, with no information about his condition, location, or even his kidnappers' identities.

Foley’s family is again appealing for help in finding him , using a website called FreeJamesFoley.org. His mother, Diane Foley, joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with more on those efforts.

The freelance journalist James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire was taken captive in northern Syria on Thanksgiving Day. Now, after weeks of silence, his family is speaking out.