Our Opinion: Continuing legacy of Daniel Pearl


The legacy of the late former Berkshire Eagle reporter Daniel Pearl is in many ways a living legacy. One of those ways is the Daniel Pearl Berkshire Scholarship.

The latest winner, Sydney King, a graduate of Lenox Memorial High School, plans to pursue a career in journalism (Eagle, June 28). In keeping with Mr. Pearl's twin passions of journalism and music, the scholarship is awarded annually to a student who seeks a career in either discipline.

At LMHS, Ms. King was a member of the Student of Voices for Empowerment group, led by English teacher Lisa Wespiser, which learns of humanitarian crises through news reports and the writing of New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, who is carried in The Eagle. In telling The Eagle "I love the idea of going to visit people around the world who have struggled and clearly have a story to tell," Ms. King captured the philosophy of Mr. Pearl.

Mr. Pearl was a reporter for the North Adams Transcript and Eagle and by 2002 was the south Asia news bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal. In Pakistan to explore the roots of the attacks of September 11, 2001, Mr. Pearl was kidnapped by militants and killed six days later. He was 38.

Daniel Pearl is remembered and his legacy continued on a number of fronts, such as the Daniel Pearl Foundation begun by his wife Mariane Pearl and his parents, Judea and Ruth Pearl. The Eagle is honored to play its part.


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