LOS ANGELES, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Daniel Pearl Foundation
(www.danielpearl.org) announced today that Mr. Amr Emam from Egypt and Ms.
Zaineb Obeid from Iraq are this year's recipients of the Daniel Pearl
Fellowships and will be hosted by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Wall
Street Journal, respectively.
The Daniel Pearl Fellowships are underwritten by the Daniel Pearl
Foundation and administered by the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships. The
program was created by Alfred Friendly, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning former
managing editor of The Washington Post. It is an opportunity for promising,
mid-career foreign journalists to work for six months in a U.S. newsroom,
and get to know the U.S. press from the inside.
"The Daniel Pearl Fellowships are awarded to journalists who exemplify
the spirit and professionalism that was Danny's hallmark," stated Judea
Pearl, father of the slain reporter, and President of the Daniel Pearl
Foundation. "Danny was noted for his open-minded coverage of the Muslim
world and gift for portraying the human side of complex international
problems. We are pleased that this year's Fellows are once again from the
Middle East where free press environment is crucial to the emergence of
open and democratic societies."
Amr Emam, 28, joined the Egyptian Gazette in 2003 as an English
translator, after which he began covering local events and writing stories
on a variety of issues as a reporter. His passion is to create change in
Egypt through balanced reporting, and to provide coverage of issues
important to Egypt and its people. Emam previously worked as the English
news editor for Islamonline.net, (2002-2003) and as English news editor for
Xinhua (2006). Emam earned his B.A. in English from Cairo University in
2000. He will be working as a reporter at the San Francisco Chronicle.
Zaineb Obeid, 36, has been a journalist and translator for the Baghdad
bureau of McClatchy Newspapers (formerly Knight Ridder) since 2005 where
she has been covering the war in Iraq. She not only writes stories for the
agency, but serves as a cultural liaison for Western journalists in Iraq.
She previously worked for the Baghdad bureau of The New York Times
(2003-2005) as a journalist and translator. During the war in Iraq, Obeid
has reported from Fallujah, Kirbala, Najaf and Sadr City, providing an
intimate portrait of Iraq in the midst of conflict. Obeid received her B.A.
in English literature from the University of Baghdad in 1992 and took
post-graduate training in Arabic-English translation and journalism. She
will be working at the Washington, D.C. bureau of The Wall Street Journal.
Previous Daniel Pearl Fellows -- three from Pakistan, one from Nepal
and one from Yemen -- have worked at The Berkshire Eagle/North Adams
Transcript, Los Angeles Times and the Washington, DC bureau of The Wall
About the Daniel Pearl Foundation
The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in 2002 in memory of journalist
Daniel Pearl to promote the ideals that inspired his life and work. The
world came to know Daniel Pearl as The Wall Street Journal reporter who was
murdered by terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan. Since then, he has been
remembered more for his humanity and love of life than his senseless death.
The Daniel Pearl Foundation works domestically and internationally to
promote cross-cultural understanding, to combat cultural and religious
hatred, to encourage responsible and creative journalism, and to enrich
people's lives through music. For more information please visit
Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships
The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships, set up in 1983 to train foreign
journalists in US newsrooms, assists promising young and mid-career
journalists from developing-world countries where press freedom is newly
established or at least in prospect by immersing them in the day-to-day
practices of the American press. The program, among whose graduates are top
editors in Colombia, Croatia, Ghana, Hungary, Indonesia, Malawi, Malaysia,
Nepal, Nigeria, the Philippines, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey and
Zimbabwe, is unique in US journalism education in the length of stay and
the hands-on training it provides. Successful AFPF applicants receive a
six-month, in-depth, practical introduction to US print media, working as
staff reporters in American newsrooms in major (or mid-size) cities. For
additional information please visit www.pressfellowships.org.
SOURCE The Daniel Pearl Foundation