This is neat news! Arkansas native Larry Foley is going to be one of the featured speakers folks can see at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism March 3-5 in Hot Springs. His talk starts at noon on Tuesday ( March 5) as part of the Arkansas Industry Luncheon. His session is called “My Arkansas: What I Have Learned Through the Documentary Film Process.”
Foley is known as a master storyteller and an accomplished documentary filmmaker. He is also a broadcast journalism professor at the University of Arkansas.
His productions have earned five Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and 13 Emmy nominations.
Last year, he released three new films, The Art of Crystal Bridges, narrated by Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen, Up Among the Hills, narrated by President Bill Clinton, and Growing Hope, narrated by T J Holmes of BET Network and MSNBC.
His PBS credits include The Buffalo Flows (Mid America Emmy-Writer), Saving the Eagles, The Lost Squadron and When Lightning Struck: Saga of an American Warplane (Mid-America Emmy-Cultural Documentary). His work has also been nationally broadcast on ABC, CBS and ESPN.
Before coming to the U of A, Foley spent nine years at the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) where he worked his way up the ladder to the network’s number two position. He also worked for KATV Channel 7, Little Rock.
Foley returned to his alma mater in 1993 to teach, produce documentaries, and build and direct an academic center for television reporting and production. In 1996, he founded and is faculty advisor for the campus television station, UATV. In October 2003, he was inducted into the Lemke Department of Journalism’s Hall of Honor, the highest award bestowed upon journalism graduates of the U of A. In 2011, he received the Individual Artist Governor’s Award from the Arkansas Arts Council.
Foley and his wife Susan live in Fayetteville, where they enjoy a view of the Ozark landscape out their back door.