Foer was born to a Jewish family, the son of Albert Foer, a lawyer, and Esther Safran Foer and the elder brother of novelist Jonathan Safran Foer and freelance journalist Joshua Foer. He graduated from Columbia University and lives in Washington, D.C..
Franklin Foer has written for Slate and New York magazine. He served as editor of American magazine The New Republic from 2006 until 2010, when he resigned. He then became editor again in 2012. His book How Soccer Explains the World was published in 2004. The book Jewish Jocks, which he co-edited with New Republic writer Marc Tracy, was published in 2012; Foer has described it as an effort to avoid the "simple hagiography" he found in some of the many existing books about Jewish sports figures.
Foer was editor of The New Republic during the Scott Thomas Beauchamp controversy. He was replaced in December 2014 by former Gawker staff member, Gabriel Snyder. Mass resignations of staff followed. 
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