He was an American journalist. He was kidnapped and murdered in Karachi, Pakistan. At the time he was kidnapped he was investigating the shoe bomber, Richard Reid. In March 2007 there was a closed hearing in Guantanamo Bay and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed stated that he had personally beheaded Pearl.
He was born in Princeton, New Jersey. He grew up in Los Angeles, California. His mother is of Iraqi Jewish descent. He attended Stanford University. He was a communications major. He co-founded a student news paper called the Stanford Commentator.
Pearl began working for the Wall Street Journal in 1990 in Atlanta. He moved to Washington D.C. in 1993 to cover telecommunications. His most notable articles covered the ethnic wars of Balkans, where he discovered charges of alleged genocide in Kosovo. During his career he met and married Mariane Van Neyenhoff. They had a son named Adam Daniel Pearl who was born in Paris on March 28, 2002, three months after Daniel died.
Pearl was kidnapped by a militant group called The National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty. They thought that Pearl was a CIA agent. He was beheaded and he was buried in a shallow grave on the outskirts of Karachi. His body was found on May 16, 2002.
The movie A Mighty Heart portrays the time Daniel Pearl spent in Pakistan. It shows the hard time his wife, Mariane, went though when her husband was kidnapped. It also shows all the hard work the entire crew went through while trying to find Daniel. Although the movie doesn’t show Daniel’s early life, I think it does a pretty good job of portraying his time spent in Pakistan.