Daniel Pearl

Daniel Pearl was born on October 10, 1963, in Princeton, New Jersey. His family and friends called him Danny. He grew up in the Los Angeles area. At Stanford University, he co-founded the student newspaper, Stanford Commentary. He graduated in 1985 with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He was a Pulliam Fellow summer intern at the Indianapolis Star before joining the North Adams Transcript and the Berkshire Eagle. He moved on to the San Francisco Business Times and soon after joined the Wall Street Journal in 1990. Danny started in the Journal’s Atlanta bureau and later transferred to the Washington, D.C., and London bureaus, serving as a Middle East correspondent. In October 2000, Danny became the South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, based in Bombay, India. Danny was a skilled investigative reporter, breaking the story that the U.S. had mistakenly bombed a Sudanese pharmaceutical plant. He exposed Al Qaeda money laundering through the Tanzanite gem market. After the 9/11 attacks, Danny reported in Pakistan, where he was kidnapped and murdered. After his death, Danny’s family and friends established the Daniel Pearl Foundation to carry on his legacy, using music and words to address the root causes of the hatred that took his life.

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