In the almost two years since journalist James Foley first went missing, we made regular check-ins with the man leading the search, Phil Balboni of Global Post. He never lost hope that Jim would be found safe. 

Sadly it was not to be. This week, almost a month after Jim Foley’s death, we reached out to Phil Balboni again. In a frank and at times emotional interview, we learned new details about the effort to bring Jim home.


Callie Crossley is the host of WGBH News' Under the Radar.

Dan Kennedy is an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University.

Adam Reilly is a reporter for WGBH News.