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James A. Foley is an American journalist turned copywriter and creative services manager. Trained in newspaper reporting at the University of Kansas, he took his first job out of school at a daily newspaper called The Examiner in suburban Kansas City, Mo.

When the opportunity to move to Japan to teach English came along, he hung up his press pass and moved across the world,  but he never stopped writing.

Three years in Iwaki City, Fukushima, made an avid traveler out of James. He has wandered across more than 30 countries, most of which were journeyed through with his wife, a fellow nomad whom he met while living as an expat in Japan.

Along the way, he’s freelanced as a food and travel writer for outlets like CNN, The Village Voice, Monterey County Weekly and Metropolis Magazine in Tokyo. After relocating back in the U.S. he took an assignment running an NYC start-up news website covering the natural sciences.

A transition into life as a full-time copywriter for Square 2 Marketing happened next, followed by a move into the role of director of editorial and brand management at The American College of Financial Services.

He presently resides with wife and cats near Philadelphia.

For an example of Foley’s travel writing, please see this piece for CNN. For more clips, please visit the “words” section of this website.


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