The James W. Foley Fellowship is awarded annually to an individual who is passionate about the issues of journalist safety and freedom of expression.
The fellowship--created in honor of American journalist James Foley, who was killed in Syria in 2014--is a one-year, paid position at CPJ's office in New York, with support from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation.
The Foley Fellow serves as an integral part of CPJ's Emergencies Response Team. Each fellow conducts independent research that advances the safety of journalists and supports the wider CPJ mission.
CPJ's inaugural James W. Foley Fellow is Ramy Ghaly.
Ghaly, an Egyptian-American, has an Executive Master of International Service from American University and is fluent in Arabic. Ghaly was an editor for the State Department's 2015 International Religious Report and in 2016 worked as an intern with CPJ's Middle East and North Africa Program. Ghaly served as a medic in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as an Infantry Medic and Humanitarian Specialist. He is trained in operational emergency medical skills and brings extensive first aid and medical experience to CPJ's Emergencies Response Team.
Ghaly plans to research the needs and knowledge of first aid by international and frontline journalists working in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. He will also work with CPJ's journalist safety specialist to update CPJ's Security Guide and make the resource easier to use. Ghaly will work on developing an online resource center for journalists at risk, compiling information on available resources and how to access them. He will act as a constant liaison for the Emergencies Response Team on journalist forum groups.
Ghaly's medical expertise is an important asset to CPJ's emergencies work. Successive fellows are likely to bring their own set of skills that will help ensure this position is continuously responding to the changing needs of the journalists CPJ assists.