The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in memory of journalist Daniel Pearl to further the ideals that inspired Daniel's life and work. The foundation's mission is to promote mutual respect and understanding among diverse cultures through journalism, music, and dialogue.

The Daniel Pearl Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) donor-funded organization.

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Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellows announced for 2014
Ambassador Samantha Power speaks at the 2014 Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture.
Former Daniel Pearl Fellow Umar Cheema's reporting makes an impact in Pakistan.
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Music Day II

Daniel Pearl, a musician, recognized the power of music to connect people around their common humanity. In the spirit of his love of music and commitment to dialogue, the Daniel Pearl Foundation launched the first Daniel Pearl World Music Days on October 10, 2002, which would have been his 39th birthday. Daniel Pearl World Music Days has grown to include more than 11,900 performances in 132 countries during the month of October. The website also featuresWorld Music Days eStage, a monthlong radio station and permanent online gallery that includes music, poetry, art, articles, and dedications to tolerance and unity.

View World Music Days slideshow and Public Service Announcements from Sir Elton John and other distinguished Honorary Committee members.

12th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days will be on October 1st-31st, 2014. Find out how you can get involved here


The Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellowship established in partnership with the Alfred Friendly Press Partners brings mid-career journalists from the Middle East and South Asia for nearly five months to mainstream U.S. newsrooms, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal, to experience working in a free press environment. They also spend a week at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, where they get a different perspective of the Jewish community than they might have received in their home countries. At the end of their stay, they share their experiences at a free public event hosted by the Los Angeles Press Club. The 2014 Fellows, pictured above, are Asma Ghribi of Tunisia, left, Kiran Nazish of Pakistan, middle, and Sherif Tarek of Egypt.

Daniel Pearl Youth News is an international news website for high school/secondary school students. Students can join the news team as a Daniel Pearl Reporter after successfully completing an online certification course, which is provided at no cost and writing their first stories focusing on a broad theme of tolerance. From writing leads to finding sources and conducting interviews, this program uses professional journalists as mentors and teaches reporting techniques and the ethics of journalism, which are the cornerstone of a reporter's credibility. The class, offered multiple times during the year, is designed to hone the students' media literacy and writing skills.


The Daniel Pearl Lecture Series at UCLA was launched in September 2002. In partnership with UCLA Hillel and the Burkle Center for International Relations, these public lectures are given each year by scholars, journalists or policy makers who have contributed original analyses or constructive approaches to problems of international concern. Ambassador Samantha Power was the 2014 lecturer.

The Daniel Pearl Lecture Series at Stanford University (Pearl's alma mater) was launched in October 2006, featuring Christiane Amanpour. This open public lecture series honors Danny's commitment to the improvement of the human condition and covers topics such as journalism, music, psychology, philosophy, and religious, ethnic or racial tolerance. Journalist and author Peter Bergen was the 2013 lecturer.


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