Daniel Pearl graduated from Stanford University in 1985 with Phi Beta Kappa honors and went on to work at the Indianapolis Star, the North Adams Transcript, the Berkshire Eagle, the San Francisco Business Times and eventually the Wall Street Journal. In October of 2000, Danny and his wife moved to Bombay, where Danny became the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal. It was from Bombay that Danny covered the "war on terrorism," occasionally venturing into Pakistan.
The world came to know Daniel Pearl as the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002, just four months after 9/11. For weeks, millions around the world -- from heads of state, to religious leaders and ordinary people -- rallied for Danny's release. Since then, he has been remembered as a symbol of hope: a man who built bridges between diverse cultures -- as a writer and a gifted musician.
Following his murder, 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. The book "At Home in the World" published in June 2002, features 50 of Danny's best articles, illustrating his curiosity, humor, fairness and his love of humanity. Read some of Danny's Wall Street Journal stories online.
Established in 2002, the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture Series celebrates the life and memory of Daniel Pearl, a prominent journalist who dedicated his life to bringing joy and understanding to the world. This annual lecture series in Journalism and International Relations is given each year by scholars, journalists or policy makers who have contributed original analyses or constructive approaches to problems of international concern.
About the Daniel Pearl Foundation
The Daniel Pearl Foundation has been formed by Danny's family and friends to continue Danny's mission and to address the root causes of this tragedy, in the spirit, style, and principles that shaped Danny's work and character. These principles include uncompromised objectivity and integrity; insightful and unconventional perspective; tolerance and respect for people of all cultures; unshaken belief in the effectiveness of education and communication; and the love of music, humor, and friendship.
Learn more about the Daniel Pearl Foundation
Previous Presenters of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture
- 2018-19: Bob Woodward, Award-winning Author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
- 2017-18: Fareed Zakaria, Host of "Fareed Zakaria GPS" on CNN
- 2016-17: Bret Stephens, Pulizer Prize-winning columnist for the Wall Street Journal, "On Maintaining Intellectual Integrity in the Age of Trump"
- 2015-16: Christiane Amanpour, Host of "Amanpour" and Chief International Correspondent at CNN
- 2014-15: Leon Panetta, Former Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA
- 2013-14: Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, "The War on Truth (and what we must do to win it)"
2012-13: Condoleezza Rice, Former Secretary of State, "American Leadership Around the World"
2011-12: David Remnick, Editor of The New Yorker
2010-11: Leon Wieseltier, Literary editor of The New Republic, "Peace Process or War Process? The Defeat of Reason in the Middle East"
2009-10: Christopher Hitchens, "Varieties of Anti-Semitism"
2008-09: Anderson Cooper, CNN's AC360°, "A 360° Look at World Events: A Conversation with Anderson Cooper"
2007-08: David Brooks, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times, "Journalism and World Culture"
2006-07: Ted Koppel, former Anchor/Managing Editor, ABC News' "Nightline"
2005-06: Larry King, Journalist/Broadcaster, CNN, "The Art and Science of the Interview: Musings About Everything"
2004-05: Jeff Greenfield, Journalist/Broadcaster, CNN, "Beyond Media Bias: Are You Part of the Problem?"
2003-04: Daniel Schorr, Reporter/News Analyst, NPR, "America and the World"
2002-03: Thomas Friedman, Columnist, The New York Times, "The Impact of Globalization on Peace"