|Daniel Pearl Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10 in|
|Date of Birth||October 10, 1963|
|Date of Death||February 1, 2002|
Daniel Pearl was an American journalist who worked for The Wall Street Journal and was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002.
He was born on October 10, 1963.
On February 1, 2002, Daniel Pearl died at the age of 38 as he was beheaded by terrorists in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.
Mount Sinai Memorial Park Cemetery, Los Angeles, California, United States
Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States
He resided in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, after he was made Southeast Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal.
Daniel Pearl studied at Portola Junior High School and Birmingham High School, both located in Los Angeles, California, United States.
After that, he attended Stanford University from 1981 to 1985 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Communication. During his time at the university, Daniel Pearl was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, a co-founder of a student newspaper called the Stanford Commentator, and a reporter for the campus radio station KZSU.
- Father – Judea Pearl (Computer scientist and philosopher best known for championing the probabilistic approach to artificial intelligence and the development of Bayesian networks; Recipient of the Turing Award (the ‘Nobel Prize for Computer Science’))
- Mother – Ruth Pearl (b. Eveline Rejwan; November 11, 1935 – July 20, 2021) (Software Developer)
- Siblings – Tamara Pearl (Sister), Michelle Pearl (Sister)
- Others – Joseph (Maternal Grandfather) (Tailor who ran an import business), Victoria (Abada) Rejwan (Maternal Grandmother) (Homemaker), Satchi Van Neyenhoff (Brother-In-Law) (Sound Editor)
5 ft 10 in or 178 cm
72 kg or 158.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Daniel Pearl dated –
- Mariane van Neyenhoff Pearl (1999-2002) – Daniel Pearl met French freelance journalist Mariane van Neyenhoff Pearl (former reporter and columnist for Glamour magazine) in the year 1999 while he was on assignment in Paris, France. The duo got married the same year in August in Paris. For some time, the couple lived in Mumbai, India after Daniel was promoted to South Asia Bureau Chief for The Wall Street Journal. On May 28, 2002, their son named Adam Daniel Pearl was born in Paris, around 4 months after his father’s murder.
Race / Ethnicity
Daniel Pearl was of Polish Jewish descent on his father’s side and had Iraqi Jewish ancestry on his mother’s side.
Daniel Pearl Facts
- He was born in Princeton but his family eventually settled in Encino, Los Angeles, after his father was appointed as professor of computer science and statistics at the University of California.
- Daniel Pearl’s career as a professional journalist started at the North Adams Transcript and The Berkshire Eagle in western Massachusetts.
- He moved to the Atlanta bureau of The Wall Street Journal in 1990.
- When he was appointed as Southeast Asia bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal, Daniel Pearl settled in Mumbai, India. He traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, using it as a base for reporting on the United States War on Terrorism following the 9/11 attacks by Al-Qaeda terrorists in 2001 in the United States.
- While on his way to an interview, he was kidnapped near the Metropole Hotel in Karachi on January 23, 2002, at 7:00 p.m. by several Islamist jihadist groups working in collaboration. The kidnappers claimed Pearl was a spy and beheaded him after 9 days of his kidnapping.
- A video titled The Slaughter of the Spy-Journalist, the Jew Daniel Pearl was released on February 21, 2002. In the video, he says, “My name is Daniel Pearl. I’m a Jewish-American from Encino, California, USA. I come from, uh, on my father’s side the family is Zionist. My father’s Jewish, my mother’s Jewish, I’m Jewish. My family follows Judaism. We’ve made numerous family visits to Israel.”
- Pearl’s remains were found by the police more than 3 months after his murder on May 16, 2002.
- His parents founded the Daniel Pearl Foundation after his death in 2002.
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