Journalist Jack Foley has joined the staff of MaineStay Media as a staff reporter for The Camden Herald.

Jack Foley has joined MaineStay Media as a staff reporter.

A veteran of more than 30 years in newspapers, magazines and communications, Foley worked for more than two decades as a reporter, photojournalist, newspaper editor and investigative journalist in California. He also is a former National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) spokesman.

Foley is a Pulitzer Prize co-winner for the San Jose Mercury News staff’s coverage of California’s 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake that devastated parts of the San Francisco Bay Area. He also was nominated for a Pulitzer by the California-based Center for Public Interest Law for a much lauded investigative series that exposed chronic failures in that state’s system of policing physicians and surgeons.

Among other awards, he was a recipient of a first place award from the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club for investigative journalism involving the murder in California of a Taiwanese journalist by agents of a foreign government.

Foley has reported on city, county and state governments and elections, crime and high-profile court cases that drew international media coverage, as well as school districts and special districts during his career. He was also a chief editorial writer and chief obituary writer and authored occasional columns.

In addition to more than 20 years with the Knight Ridder corporation’s San Jose, Calif., newspaper, Foley taught news writing at the college level, mentored many early career journalists and worked in communications and fund development for nonprofits involved in affordable housing, fisheries conservation and child abuse issues.

In addition, he did high level public affairs work for NASA at its Ames Research Center in California. Foley’s experience includes stints editing national horse and consumer electronics publications and a regional lifestyles magazine.

“We are excited to have someone with Jack’s journalistic chops joining the team,” Publisher Chris Crockett said. “He is a great addition to the community, and I look forward to his coverage of our local Camden-area issues each week.”

”It’s great to have Jack on board and ready to hit the ground running,” Zack Miller, Camden Herald managing editor, said. “His level of journalistic knowledge and expertise will only elevate The Camden Herald and Courier-Gazette and bring more awareness and understanding of what is happening in the Midcoast community.”

Foley said, “I am thrilled to be a member of the Herald’s staff and this really outstanding local and statewide news operation. And I look forward to doing a lot of solid, objective, informative and effective journalism for our readers and advertisers. Living in this stunning coastal area is an absolute pleasure; it reminds me so much of where I grew up on Long Island — the one in New York.”

In his role as a staff reporter for the Camden Herald, Foley will focus on news and feature writing and photojournalism in and around Camden, Rockport, Hope and Appleton, as well as the towns of Union and Warren.

He earned a BA from Villanova University and did graduate work in journalism at the Boston University College of Communications.

In addition to a long career in print journalism, Foley is a published fiction writer, an award-winning oil painter and a songwriter/publisher member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He also is a professional dog trainer. From 2018 to 2021 he resided in New Mexico, where he lived and worked on a horse training and breeding farm.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Foley grew up among the fishing towns on the North Shore of Long Island. He has lived in Spain and Ireland and has traveled abroad for news stories, including political and sectarian strife in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and also the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia. He recently moved to Rockland from North Carolina.

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