Bradley Hamm, dean of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, released the following statement last week regarding the murder of James Foley, who received a master's degree in journalism from Medill in 2008.


Our Medill family is shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the murder of Jim Foley. He was a courageous reporter who risked his life repeatedly to seek the truth around the world.


Journalists face threats in many forms as they try to report difficult stories that need to be told, but the attack on Jim was barbaric. It was, in a larger sense, an attack on freedoms necessary in a civilized society and across strained cultures. Jim endures for us as a beacon reminding us of the risks implicit in shedding light where inhumanity can take hold.


Our thoughts today are with Jim’s parents, Diane and John, and the entire Foley family and their friends. We ask that all Medill and Northwestern students, faculty, staff, and alumni join us in remembrance of Jim Foley. The loss of such a distinguished alum affects us all.


Bradley Hamm

Dean of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University

More information about James Foley:


Remembrances on social media

Video of Foley speaking at Medill in 2011

A tribute from Marquette University, where Foley earned a bachelor's degree in history in 1996

Foley was fearless, former colleagues recall (Chicago Tribune)