Danny Pearl was born on October 10, 1963, in Princeton, New Jersey, and
grew up in the Los Angeles area. He had two sisters. He attended
Stanford University where he co-founded the student newspaper Stanford
, graduating in 1985 with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He was a Pulliam Fellow summer intern at the
before joining the North Adams Transcript
and the Berkshire Eagle
. He moved to the
San Francisco Business Times
and joined the Wall Street Journal
in 1990 in the newspaper's Atlanta
bureau. He worked in the Washington, London and Paris bureaus, reporting as a Middle East correspondent.
Pearl was aware of the dangers that reporters faced. He filed a report to his Journal editor with
recommendations to improve the safety of reporters. In October 2000, Pearl became the South Asia
Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal
. After Sept. 11, 2001, Pearl reported in Pakistan, where
he was kidnapped on January 23, 2002, and subsequently murdered.
A book, At Home in the World, has been published of Pearl's writing. Read some of Pearl's writings here.