- Bicentennial Medal (2020)
- The Media School Distinguished Alumni Award (2013)
- Pulitzer Prize (1983)
- Spot News Photography
Shortly after leaving Indiana University in 1977, Bill Foley became a staff photographer for the Associated Press. For the next six years, Foley lived and worked in the Middle East, covering major stories, including the Camp David peace negotiations, the assassination of Anwar Sadat, the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, and bombings of the US Embassy and Marine barracks. Foley's photographs of the 1982 Sabra and Chatilla massacre, where a Lebanese militia group murdered hundreds of Palestinian refugees, earned him the Pulitzer Prize.
Since then, Foley has also worked as a contract photographer for TIME magazine and has photographed for the Children's Aid Society, the Columbia University Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Center for the Advancement of Children's Mental Health in New York City. Foley is currently an adjunct professor at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York City.