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Established in partnership with the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships, the Daniel Pearl Fellowship brings promising, mid-career foreign journalists to work for six months in a U.S. newsroom. It is an invitation to Danny's former journalism colleagues to continue his mission by writing for the audiences for whom he wrote, working with his colleagues and getting to know the U.S. press from the inside.

2011 Daniel Pearl Fellows

Aatekah Ahhmad Mir, age 30, (Pakistan) will be working in New York at the Wall Street Journal. She is a senior sub-editor for The Express Tribune, a partner of the International Herald Tribune, in Lahore, Pakistan. Her primary responsibilities include monitoring and selecting the news stories, assigning and editing stories, and supervising the newspaper layout.

Emal Naweed Haidary, age 31 (Afghanistan) will be working at the Los Angeles Times. He is a reporter for the Bokhdi Afghan News Agency and recently started working as editor for Afghan Voices, an organization that trains young Afghan journalists. Based in Kabul, hereports on a broad range of issues including natural disasters, politics, economics, culture, women and sports.

2010 Daniel Pearl Fellows

Nasry Ahmed Esmat, age 29, (Egypt) worked at the Los Angeles Times and ProPublica, a non-profit newsroom for investigative journalism in the public interest. He has been a reporter and copy editor at Al-Ahram newspaper in Cairo covering judicial events as well as an interactivity editor and trainer for, an independent news portal with different news websites and a news provider for mobile phones.

Aoun Sahi, age 31, (Pakistan) worked at the Atlanta Bureau of the Wall Street Journal. He has been a reporter for The News on Sunday, the weekend magazine of The News International. Based at the headquarters in Lahore, he covers crime, environment, militancy, politics, security, and social issues.

2009 Daniel Pearl Fellows

Shahzada Irfan Ahmed, age 37, (Pakistan) was the first Daniel Pearl Fellow to work at the Houston Chronicle. He has been Assistant Editor and Special Correspondent for The News International since 2003, covering the economy, health, human rights, information technology, law, social issues and telecommunications. He also works as a visiting lecturer at state-owned Punjab University where he teaches master's students in Development Journalism. Read His Fellowship Articles

Sherine El Madany, age 27, (Egypt) was the third Daniel Pearl Fellow to join the staff of the Los Angeles Times. She has been at The Daily News Egypt since 2007, as a business reporter covering local and regional business news, including banking, corporate affairs, foreign exchange, inflation, investment, poverty, privatization and trade. Read Her Fellowship Articles

2008 Daniel Pearl Fellows

Utku Çakirözer, age 37, (Turkey) was the second Daniel Pearl Fellow to join the staff of the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Çakirözer works in Ankara for the English language newspaper Milliyet, reporting on politics, defense and foreign policy.  He has interviewed dignitaries including Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Saudia Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal. Read His Fellowship Articles

Umar Cheema, age 29, (Pakistan) was the first Daniel Pearl Fellow to work at the New York Times. He works in Islamabad for Karachi based The News International, reporting on politics, jihadi outfits and terrorism. He served as the Secretary General of the Islamabad chapter of the South Asia Free Media Association. Read His Fellowship Articles - Read about his 2010 Abduction in Pakistan

2007 Daniel Pearl Fellow

Amr Emam, age 28, (Egypt) was the first to be placed  at the San Francisco Chronicle.  Mr. Emam stated after his fellowship , “I am a completely changed man and it is all thanks to the family who, once losing a dear and exquisite son, decided to trade good for evil. Instead of grieving, they decided to change the world and put understanding in place of ignorance, light in place of darkness." Read His Fellowship Articles

2006 Daniel Pearl Fellows

Ghanashyan Ojha, age 34, (Nepal) was the first Daniel Pearl Fellow from Nepal and the first to work at the North Adams Transcript / Berkshire Eagle, where Danny began his career. Read His Fellowship Articles

Shahid Hussain Shah, age 29, (Pakistan) was the third Daniel Pearl Fellow to work at the Washington, DC Bureau of the Wall Street Journal. He was a business reporter for The News International based in Karachi. Read His Fellowship Articles

2005 Daniel Pearl Fellows

Walid Al-Saqaf, age 31, (Yemen) worked at the Washington, DC bureau of the Wall Street Journal. He was the editor-in-chief of the Yemen Times, Yemen’s first English-language newspaper, and was the second Daniel Pearl Fellow hosted by the Wall Street Journal, where Daniel Pearl worked. Read His Fellowship Articles

Ammara Durrani, age 28, (Pakistan) worked at the Los Angeles Times. She was the assistant editor of The News International, Pakistan’s most widely distributed English daily, and was the first Daniel Pearl Fellow at Daniel Pearl’s hometown paper. Read His Fellowship Articles

2003 Daniel Pearl Fellow

Fasih Ahmed , age 31 (Pakistan) worked at the Wall Street Journal's Washington, DC bureau - where Danny worked from 1993-1996. He was an editor for the Friday Times and Daily Times in Lahore. This was the first such Fellow at the Wall Street Journal. Read Fasih Ahmed's "Reflections on American Journalism" essay.

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