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GlobalPost Co-Founder On James Foley's Alleged Execution05:11

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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.

Deborah Becker Host/Reporter
Deborah Becker is a senior correspondent and host at WBUR. Her reporting focuses on mental health, criminal justice and education.

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