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          July 2012 – Volume 9 – Edition 1                      
Journalism, music and dialogue are our tools - Daniel’s legacy is our strength.

This is the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Daniel Pearl Foundation and we take a moment to thank all of you—our donors, volunteers, interns, World Music Days participants, honorary committee members, and all other members of the Foundation “family,” many of you having been with us since the beginning in 2002. We are deeply grateful for your support, which gives us the inspiration to carry on Danny’s legacy of tolerance and understanding.

We have much news to share with you. Since our last newsletter in December, we have a new executive director, Narda Zacchino, a former top editor at the Los Angeles Times, who was hired in March to lead the Foundation (Press Release). Also joining the staff is newly appointed editorial director, Evan Pondel, a journalist who is overseeing the PEARL Youth News high school journalism program.

In other news, on February 21 of this year, the Daniel Pearl Magnet High School for Journalism and Communication commemorated the 10th anniversary of Danny’s murder with a panel discussion, “Journalists in Harm’s Way,” moderated by Rob Eshman, editor-in-chief of the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. Panelists included Los Angeles Times photojournalist Rick Loomis; Netflix Chief of Communications Jonathan Friedland, (a colleague of Danny's at The Wall Street Journal); and Los Angeles Times reporters Doug Smith and Alexandra Zavis. On June 24, the Los Angeles Press Club honored the Pearl family and the Foundation with the Daniel Pearl Memorial Award, traditionally given to journalists, for the work of the Foundation in its first decade.

At this moment we are gearing up for a record-breaking Daniel Pearl World Music Days month this coming October and look forward to presentations August 23 at the Los Angeles Press Club by the Daniel Pearl Fellows, Aida Ahmed of Malaysia and Adnan Rashid of Pakistan. The program, moderated by Rob Eshman, is open to the public with no admission fee.

Your generous support will enable us to sustain and expand these vital
programs, steadily carving a path toward a hate-free world.

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The Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellows come from countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. They work for six months at major U.S. news organizations, experiencing firsthand the dynamics of a free press. Each Fellow also spends one week at The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. The fellowship is run in partnership with Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships.


Aida Ahmad, 34, (Malaysia) is working at the Los Angeles Times. She has been a reporter for The Star in Kuala Lumpur since 2010, covering daily news and current issues in Kuala Lumpur and the surrounding areas with a focus on federal and state governments, as well as local council issues, policies, and politics.

Read her fellowship blog.


Drawing inspiration from Daniel Pearl and Syed Saleem Shahzad, a journalist who was murdered in Pakistan in 2010, the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships and the Pakistan Press Foundation trained 14 Pakistani journalists in conflict and investigative reporting, as well as safety precautions for journalists working in conflict-affected regions. This year Adnan Rashid was chosen from among those journalists to spend six months reporting in a U.S. newsroom, followed by one week at The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.


Adnan Rashid, 30, (Pakistan) the inaugural Pearl-Shahzad Fellow, is working at the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA, where Danny began his journalism career, and for public radio station WAMC in Albany, NY. In Pakistan, Rashid works for IMEDIA as a senior producer, leading a team of radio journalists in the KPK province and federal tribal areas, focusing on social issues. He is also a contributor to the BBC Outlook.

Read his fellowship blog.

Updates on our past Fellows can be found on our website.


PEARL Youth News is embarking on several new strategies to broaden the scope and reach of its Web-based journalism course and international news service. The goal is to further establish PEARL as a brand of journalism that inspires tolerance and intercultural dialogue. PEARL is in the process of ramping up its team of mentors/editors, as well as leveraging partnerships with media outlets, universities, high schools and professional journalism associations. If you are a journalist, teacher, parent, or student interested in volunteering or participating in PEARL Youth News, please visit our website.



As we approach the
11th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, we reflect on the power of music in bringing people together and the role of Danny’s legacy in promoting peace and understanding. Each year, we mark Danny’s October 10 birthday with a month-long global network of concerts empowering audiences with a sense of unity, hope and purpose in the common theme of "Harmony for Humanity." With a record 2,088 registered performances in 83 countries last October and a total of 2,238 performances in 87 countries for the full calendar year, we are working to expand the reach of this program and welcome your active support. Please ask any musician friends to participate.

To register an October World Music Days performance, or Tribute Event during the rest of the year, or to learn more about this unique program, please visit our website.


In 2002, master violinmaker Jonathan Cooper of Portland, Maine conceived a wonderful way to honor Danny and carry on his mission of peace through music. Jon crafted a work of art—the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin—to be presented to an extraordinary participant at the Mark O’Connor Summer String Camp and played for a year before being passed on to a new recipient along with a scholarship the following year. Since then, Jon has been commissioned to make another violin, followed by a cello in 2010. This year, he finished a viola, completing what is now the Daniel Pearl Memorial Quartette. The four instruments were awarded to the 2012 recipients June 29 at the final concert of the Mark O’Connor/Berklee College Summer String Program in Boston:

Sarah Bartholomew of Arizona—Viola
Duncan Hall of Maine—Cello
Will Hammer of New York—Violin
Sarah Hubbard of Massachusetts—Violin

Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of the first violin. With this milestone and a complete quartette in service, the idea of original music written for this project is coming to fruition as well. Stay tuned.



The 10th Annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture at UCLA was held at Korn Convocation Hall January 30, 2012 with guest speaker David Remnick, editor of the New Yorker. Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky introduced Remnick to a full capacity auditorium. At the beginning of the lecture, Remnick stated “I’ve rarely in my life felt as honored as I do to be with you here today at the invitation of the Pearls. It's a special and serious moment.” He also stated “As a journalist and as a man, Danny Pearl was everything we wanted to be.”

Click here for the audio of the full event.


Dr. Judea Pearl, president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, writes and lectures nationwide on topics ranging from interfaith dialogue to the Middle East peace process. All earnings from speaking engagements, op-eds, and book royalties go to the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

Dr. Pearl was elected to the 2012 American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also the recipient of the prestigious ACM A.M. Turing Award, often called the Nobel Prize in computer science, in San Francisco in June 2012 and the Harvey Prize in Science and Technology from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa in March 2012. The Pearl family donated $100,000 from these prizes to the Daniel Pearl Foundation as a matching grant.

If you would like to contribute to the match in any amount, please visit our website.


Stanford University Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Internship

Kathleen Chaykowski - 2012 Recipient

The Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Award

Henrique Cymerman - 2012 Recipient

Los Angeles Press Club Daniel Pearl Memorial Award

The Pearl Family and the Daniel Pearl Foundation - 2012 Recipients

Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship

Naomi LaChance - 2012 Recipient

Moment Magazine Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative

Emily Keeler Alhadeff - 2011 Recipient

Eve Fairbanks - 2012 Recipient

Many thanks to our donors for making a difference!

Through your generosity we continue to expand our programs
to educate, unite and inspire future generations
to work for a hate-free world.

The Daniel Pearl Foundation is a tax-exempt
501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Tax ID 03-0393564.

We owe our progress and achievements to the help of many individuals and organizations, including:

The Skirball Foundation
Sitrick and Company
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Wolff & Samson PC
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Kelley Drye/White O'Connor
Bay Sherman & Craig, LLP
Jonathan L. Rosenbloom
360 Marketing Strategy & Communications
CNN On-Air Promotion
Reservations Tonight
Communicating - Today's Way
Celebrity Access
Medium Design Studio
Guitar Center


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