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GlobalPost Co-Founder On James Foley’s Alleged Execution

This November 2012 file photo shows missing journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Syria. (freejamesfoley.org via AP)

This November 2012 file photo shows missing journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Syria. (freejamesfoley.org via AP)

BOSTON — Phil Balboni, co-founder and CEO of GlobalPost, a Boston-based international online news site, spoke to WBUR’s Morning Edition Wednesday morning about the alleged execution of New Hampshire native and journalist James Foley.

James Foley, 40, was a freelance journalist for GlobalPost when he was captured in Syria in 2012. He has also worked in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya.

Foley was “an incredibly brave, caring person who loved what he did,” Balboni told WBUR’s Deborah Becker, adding that he is devastated by how his captivity apparently ended.

A video of Foley’s alleged execution was released Tuesday afternoon by an Islamic extremist group ISIS. The Obama administration is still trying to verify the authenticity of the video and is expected to make a statement about the apparent execution Wednesday afternoon.

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