Statement on the Death of Journalist and Alumnus James Foley

AMHERST, Mass. – The reported death of American journalist James Foley, a University of Massachusetts Amherst alumnus, brings great sorrow and grief to the university community.

Foley is remembered as a courageous journalist who spent his time reporting stories from some of the world’s most dangerous places. He was abducted while on a reporting trip in northern Syria in November 2012, and reports indicate he has been killed by Islamic extremists operating in Iraq and Syria.

Foley, whose home state is New Hampshire, is a 2003 graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst. The UMass community offers heartfelt wishes of support and healing to his family and friends in this most difficult time.