Recognition for the Daniel Pearl Foundation
The Purpose Prize – Awarded to Professors Judea Pearl and Akbar for the Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish understanding. (2006)
NGO Status Awarded by the United Nations – The Daniel Pearl Foundation was granted the status of an associate of the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. (2006-present)
SGI-USA Justice Award – Given to Judea and Ruth Pearl “in recognition of their long-standing meritorious contributions and sincere dedication to peace, justice, and humanity.” (October 2005)
Peacemaker Award – Judea and Ruth Pearl were honored at the National Conflict Resolution Center’s 17th Annual Days of Dialogue and Peacemaker Awards. (March 2005)
Search for Common Ground Award for Peacemaking – Presented to the Foundation for “nurturing the truth-seeking and cross-cultural respect personified by Daniel’s life and work.” (December 2002)
Annual Awards in Memory of Daniel Pearl
Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting – The Center for Public Integrity awards this Daniel Pearl biannual Award, created specifically to honor cross-border investigative reporting. It is open to professional journalists or a team of journalists who were involved in reporting from at least two countries on a topic of world significance. The 2013 U.S. Award went to a Wall Street Journal team, for their exposé of a deadly strain of drug-resistant Tuberculosis that swept across India and beyond.
Daniel Pearl Memorial String Instruments – In 2002, voilin maker Jonathan Cooper crafted a special Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin to be awarded each year to a talented young violinist attending Mark O’Connor’s String Camp. In 2005, a second violin was donated, and in 2010 a cello and viola were donated to complete a string quartet. The past recipients actively promote World Music Days, and many have dedicated original compositions to Daniel Pearl and donated proceeds from their CD’s to the Foundation.
Stanford University, Daniel Pearl Memorial Internship – Awarded each year to a Stanford graduate student whose qualification and career goals personify Daniel’s pursuit of truth and excellence in journalism. In 2014 it was awarded to Edward Ngai who spent the summer at the Hong Kong bureau of The Wall Street Journal.
Los Angeles Press Club, Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism – Initially awarded to Danny in memoriam in 2002, this annual award is presented to a journalist who exhibits courage and integrity in journalism and is selected in consultation with the Pearl family. The 2014 winner was Israel’s Khaled Abu Toameh.
South Asian Journalist’s Association Daniel Pearl Award – This award was initially awarded to Danny in memoriam in 2002. The 2014 winner was Jason Motlagh at Virginia Quarterly Review.
Sciences Po & Wall Street Journal (Paris) – The Wall Street Journal, in collaboration with France’s Ecole de Journalisme de Sciences Po, presents awards to three students who embody Daniel’s integrity and excellence in reporting. The 2014 winners were Matthias Verbergt (1st), Chloe Domat (2nd) and Anna Kokko (3rd).
Chicago Journalists Association, Daniel Pearl Award – Given annually to foreign correspondents who best exemplifies Daniel’s spirit, courage, and high standards. In 2014 it was awarded to Michael Phillips of The Wall Street Journal who covered the U.S. ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship – Sponsored by the North Adams Transcript, where Danny started his journalism career, this annual award is given to a high school student to study and pursue a career in journalism or music. In 2014 it was awarded to Connor Wotkowicz who now attends Boston University and studies music composition.
The Anti-Defamation League / Moss Family Daniel Pearl Award – This award is given annually to a person who had positive impact on the image of Jews in the Muslim world. In 2014 the award went to the Aladdin Project in recognition of their work to promote intercultural dialogue on the basis of knowledge and respect.
The Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting – Daniel Pearl Foundation together with the Deadline Club awards journalists annually for their excellence in using multimedia in reporting. The 2015 award was given to Rukmini Callimachi of The New York Times for her report on the financing of terrorism through ransoms paid by European countries.
Moment Magazine’s Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative – Moment Magazine selects a young journalist to research and write a story about contemporary manifestations of deeply ingrained prejudices, including but not limited to anti-Semitism. The annual program provides financial assistance and mentoring, and the story is published in the magazine.
Posthumous Honors & Awards to Daniel Pearl
Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award – Given to Daniel Pearl by the Houston Holocaust Museum for “bridging cultural divides through his writing.” (May 2007)
Holocaust Memorial Wall Inscription, Miami Beach – Daniel Pearl’s name was added to the Holocaust Memorial Wall as a reminder that “the forces of barbarity and evil are still active in our world.” (April 2007)
The Juliet Hollister Award – Given to Daniel Pearl in honor of Juliet Hollister, founder of the Temple of Understanding, to support those whose life work has helped create interfaith understanding. (Oct. 2006)
Edward R. Murrow Award for Distinguished Service in Journalism – Given to Daniel Pearl for his commitment to excellence. Presented at Washington State University. (April 2003)
Colby College, Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award – Given to Daniel Pearl for “his passionate commitment to truth, abiding search for knowledge, courage in the pursuit of understanding, and his exemplary humanity.” (November 2002)
General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities – Resolution of the General Assembly made in honor of Daniel Pearl for his outstanding leadership in the pursuit of justice. (November 2002)
UNESCO, Nadanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence – Honorable Mention awarded to Daniel Pearl, who lost his life “for having attempted to denounce injustice in all its forms.” (October 2002)
Committee to Protect Journalists, Burton Benjamin Memorial Award – Honored Daniel Pearl for a lifetime of distinguished achievement for the cause of press freedom. (April 2002)
Georgetown University, Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting – Awarded to Daniel Pearl in recognition of distinguished reporting on foreign policy and diplomacy. (April 2002)
National Press Club, John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award – Awarded to Daniel Pearl as a member of the news media who has, through the publishing or broadcasting of news, promoted or helped protect the freedom of the press. (June 2002)
Tributes to Daniel Pearl
Daniel Pearl Contemplative Garden at the University of British Columbia – Carved in Jerusalem Stone are the words “I am Jewish.” Daniel Pearl 2002. At the dedication ceremony, red soil from Israel was spread in the garden by Tamara Pearl, Danny’s sister. (August 17, 2010)
Daniel Pearl Magnet high School-Journalism and Communications – In 2010, the shcool relocated to a new campus within the Los Angeles School District.
Daniel Pearl Gymnasium – A gift from the Colburn Family Foundation was dedicated in 2002 at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School. A mural by Lisa Fisher dedicated in October 2005.
National Jewish Book Award for Anthologies – Given to “I Am Jewish: Personal Reflections Inspired by the Last Words of Daniel Pearl,” edited by Judea and Ruth Pearl. The book has spawned public discussions in communities across the U.S. and Canada on what it means to be a Jew in the post 9/11 era. (December 2004)
Le Daniel PearLoge – The Paris Chapter of B’nai B’rith named its volunteer unit after Daniel Pearl to promote religious tolerance. (January 2004)
Daniel Pearl Education Center – Temple B’nai Shalomin East Brunswick, N.J., named this for Daniel as “a symbol of tolerance and open-mindedness.” (October 2002)
Daniel Pearl Memorial Sculpture and Plaque – installed in the lobby of The Wall Street Journal in new York:”In remembrance of Danny’s pursuit of truth and dialogue, his respect for people of all backgrounds, and his love of music, humor and friendship.” (October 2002)