Journalists from Egypt and Iraq Awarded Daniel Pearl Fellowships

Will Spend Six Months as Working Reporters in U.S. Newsrooms

Mar 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from The Daniel Pearl Foundation

    LOS ANGELES, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Daniel Pearl Foundation
 ( 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, (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
 Street Journal.
     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

SOURCE The Daniel Pearl Foundation