Dennis Foley is a reporter and editor at WTOP and has been with the station since November 2014 when he joined as a weekend reporter.
Dennis grew up out on the east end of Long Island before moving to New Hampshire for middle and high school.
He got his first taste of radio in high school reporting on a local school board event for the local news/talk station, WKBK, in Keene, New Hampshire. He would later do public address announcing for the local semi-pro football team and some high school football games before going off to college.
Dennis returned to Long Island to attend Hofstra University. Planning to study television production, business or politics, he walked into the WRHU offices looking to help out with marketing, but they instead put him on the air. Within months, he was made an Assistant News Director and less than a year later became the station’s News Director, leading Long Island’s largest radio news department and training nearly 50 student journalists. While at WRHU, he reported from the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, and the second 2012 Presidential Debate hosted by Hofstra University. In between all of that, he studied journalism and political science.
While in college, Dennis worked on-air at New Hampshire Public Radio and spun “The Best Music Ever Made” at WRIV in Riverhead, New York. He also worked behind-the-scenes at ABC News Radio in New York and contributed on-air to the network’s Edward R. Murrow Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Sandy.
After college, Dennis went down south to KEEL in Shreveport, La., to co-host the station’s morning drive news program, anchor mid-day top- and bottom-of-the-hour newscasts, report from the field and contribute to the cluster’s six station websites — all in a day’s work!
He then moved to Delaware to become the News Director at WGMD in Rehoboth Beach and later added some weekend reporting work for WTOP while there. Dennis became a full-time reporter, editor and writer with Washington’s only all-news station in February 2015.
Dennis currently lives in Baltimore. When he is not covering a story somewhere in the D.C. metro area, Dennis is either out in his car roaming and exploring, analyzing politics, or rooting for his Mets, Islanders and Jets.