Documentary on NH's Foley wins Emmy

Union Leader Correspondent
September 19. 2016 7:56PM

New Hampshire journalist James Foley. (Courtesy)

ROCHESTER — The team that created a documentary about New Hampshire journalist James Foley has won an Emmy Award.

“Jim: The James Foley Story” made its television debut on HBO Feb. 6. It explored Foley’s life and death. Foley’s execution by the Islamic State shocked the world in August of 2014 after video of it was released on the Internet, introducing the world to new faces of violent extremism.

The documentary was directed by childhood friend, Brian Oakes, who grew up with Foley in Wolfeboro. Producers of the film included Eva Lipman, George Kunhardt, Teddy Kunhardt, Peter Kunhardt, Sheila Nevins and Jackie Glover.

The Emmy was presented at the 68th Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony held on Sept. 11 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Snippets of the ceremony were shown during the 68th annual Emmy Awards show which aired live Sunday night.

Also winning an Emmy for exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking were the creators of “Cartel Land,” which originally aired on A&E.

An international 5K run will be held Oct. 15 to raise money for the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, which advocates for the safe return of all American hostages, works to protect freelance conflict journalists through international collaboration with stakeholders and educates the public about the silent crisis of hostage taking and threats to press freedoms.

A local race will start and finish at the Rochester Fairgrounds Building on Lafayette Street. For more information, visit

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