Journalists from Egypt and Pakistan Awarded Daniel Pearl Fellowships - Will Spend Six Months as Working Reporters in U.S. Newsrooms

Apr 01, 2009, 17:51 ET from Daniel Pearl Foundation

LOS ANGELES, April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Daniel Pearl Foundation ( announced today that Mr. Shahzada Ahmed from The News International in Pakistan and Ms. Sherine El Madany from Daily News Egypt in Egypt, are this year's recipients of the Daniel Pearl Fellowships. Both Journalists will be arriving in the United States on April 10th for nearly six months of journalism training and will be hosted by the Houston Chronicle and Los Angeles Times respectively.

The Daniel Pearl Fellowships are awarded to mid-career print journalists who exemplify the spirit and professionalism that was Danny's hallmark. The 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 have been offered to journalists from Muslim-majority countries since 2003 and honor Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

"We are excited to have these two fellows, Shahzada and Sherine, continuing Danny's lifelong work of bridging cultures through journalism," said Judea and Ruth Pearl, Daniel's parents and the President and CFO 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 to see his legacy continuing to inspire young journalists in the pursuit of truth, fairness and professional excellence."

Previous Daniel Pearl Fellows - one from Yemen, Nepal and Egypt, and four from Pakistan - have worked at The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal - Washington, DC bureau, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times and The Berkshire Eagle/North Adams Transcript.

About the Daniel Pearl Foundation

The Daniel Pearl Foundation works domestically and internationally to promote cross-cultural understanding, to counter cultural and religious hatred, to encourage responsible and creative journalism, and to unite people through music. For more information please visit

Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships

Created in 1983 by Alfred Friendly, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and former managing editor of The Washington Post, The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF) is a cultural and professional exchange program for journalists which spreads good will and good journalism around the world.

SOURCE Daniel Pearl Foundation