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Chief Storyteller
City of Detroit

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“Detroit is my hometown, and I owe so much to the city that has made me who I am. I'm hoping to show that Detroit's story is just as important to not only the region, but also the state.”

— Aaron Foley

Aaron Foley is the chief storyteller for the City of Detroit, a first-of-its-kind position in U.S. city government. Previously, he was editor of BLAC Detroit Magazine. He is the author of the 2015 "How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass" and editor of the 2017 anthology "The Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook." In 2019, Aaron was awarded a John S. Knight journalism fellowship at Stanford University. Aaron is a Detroit native and resident.

How Aaron Gives Back:

  • National Association of Black Journalists - which promotes advocacy and career development for black journalists

  • Engaging Local Government Leaders -which helps government employees take their careers to the next level

Aaron’s Blue Sky Goal:

The standard we set in Detroit by creating a storytelling department at the city government should be a nationwide standard for every city. That's what I'd like to see.