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Marquette University In The News is a weekly compilation of top media reports about Marquette University and members of the university community.

August 27, 2014

Remembering James Foley

Marquette community fills Church of the Gesu to celebrate life of James Foley
Nearly 1,000 of James Foley's friends, colleagues, Marquette alumni and students gathered in the Church of the Gesu on Aug. 26 for a prayer vigil to honor the slain journalist. The vigil focused on Foley as a man who was committed to social justice and vigilance from his earliest days at Marquette.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 27, 2014
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Story aired on CNN, NHKWorld-TV (Japan), WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), WITI-TV (FOX 6), WISN-TV (ABC 12), WDJT-TV (CBS 58) WUWM-FM (FM 89.7), WGN-TV (Chicago) and hundreds of broadcast outlets worldwide, Aug. 26-27, 2014

Marquette mourns the death of alumnus James Foley

The Marquette community is deeply saddened by the death of alumnus and freelance journalist James Foley. James had a heart for social justice and used his immense talents to tell the difficult stories in the hopes that they might make a difference in the world – a measure of his character for which we could not be prouder.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 20, 2014
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Foley's parents say his Marquette experience sparked his life's mission; Friends of Foley set up Marquette scholarship in his name

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe," John and Diane Foley, the parents of slain journalist James Foley, said their son's experience at Marquette University helped him understand the plight of others. Friends and family of James Foley set up a Marquette scholarship in his name. The fund will honor his memory and demonstrate to the next generations the values he stood for.

The James Foley Scholarship fund has been established in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication.

Story appeared on "Morning Joe" (MSNBC), Aug. 22, 2014
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James Foley's letter to Marquette: Faith of community gave him strength
Journalist James Foley published a letter in Marquette Magazine's fall 2011 issue after he returned safely from Libya, where he had been captured, to explain why the university was always a friend to him, but specifically in captivity. "Marquette University has always been a friend to me. The kind who challenges you to do more and be better and ultimately shapes who you become," Foley said.

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James Foley's final letter to family released

New details emerged about life in captivity for Marquette University graduate James Foley. Before Foley was executed by his Syrian captors, Foley knew his family was not receiving the letters he was writing them. So in June, when he knew a fellow hostage was going to be released, he asked her to memorize a letter she could dictate after her release. The website posted that letter.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Aug. 25, 2014

Pope Francis called to console Foley family after death of son, brother
The family of Marquette alumnus and freelance journalist James Foley received a call from Pope Francis after hearing the news of his death. The Foley family, whose son wrote Marquette saying that prayer helped him get through captivity in 2011, was "deeply moved and grateful" for the call from Vatican City.

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Marquette holds tribute to alumnus, slain journalist

Marquette alumnus and slain journalist James Foley was honored at the university's New Student Convocation on Aug. 20.
Dr. Michael R. Lovell, president, and Dr. Stephanie Russell, vice president for mission and ministry, reminded new students of how Foley lived and died for a life of service and embodied Marquette's core mission.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Aug. 21, 2014

Foley's death is a painful reminder of dangers in journalism

The pursuit of truth and justice is a central theme for the Jesuits who taught James Foley at Marquette University and it undoubtedly fed his passion for reporting from international war zones.

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Slain journalist, James Foley knew "awful things can happen"

James Foley spoke about his work as a journalist in a war zone and his philosophy at Marquette in an interview with WUWM-FM after he was released from Libyan captivity in 2011. "I definitely learned that awful things can happen if you don't take precautions," Foley said. "But I'm still excited to go into conflict zones, and try to cover them. And I think it's a close brotherhood and sisterhood of people that will support you, and it's fascinating, until I really know in my gut that I don't want to do it anymore."

Story appeared on WUWM-FM (FM 89.7), Aug. 20, 2014

William Thorn, associate professor of journalism and media studies,
recalled James Foley as a "bright light who was offended by social injustice, poverty, and related problems...He wanted to be a journalist to change the world." Thorn explained that Foley's life of service is an example of how Marquette hopes its students will become involved in social ministry and "become a man for others."

Story appeared on, Aug. 22, 2014

Herbert Lowe, professional in residence of journalism and media studies and director of Journalism for Social Change,
who spent a day with Foley when he was released from Libyan captivity in 2011, explained his understanding of Foley's return to the Middle-Eastern war zone. "Journalists are like soldiers (who) have to go to places that other people might not go to. We have to walk toward danger when other people are running from it," Lowe said.

Story aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), Aug. 20, 2014

Netflix to stream film by slain Marquette alum James Foley

The work of slain Marquette alumnus and journalist James Foley will be released as a documentary on Netflix, Oct. 24. The film "E-Team," shot by Foley, is about Human Rights Watch emergency teams traveling to world trouble spots.

Story appeared on, Aug. 25, 2014

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