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Mariane  Pearl

Mariane Pearl

Widow of Journalist Daniel Pearl


Mariane Pearl is a versatile journalist and author who works in English, Spanish, and French. Her first book, A Mighty Heart, was first published in 2003. It recounts how Pearl was five months pregnant when her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, was kidnapped and brutally murdered by a militant Islamic fundamentalist group in Pakistan in 2002. Determined not to be broken, Pearl wrote a memoir celebrating the values of humanism and dignity while offering a detailed account of the investigation led in Pakistan to rescue her husband. The book won international praise and was translated into 15 languages. In 2007, it was released as a major motion picture starring Angelina Jolie as Pearl. Read More >

Her second book, In Search of Hope, is a collection of profiles of extraordinary women around the world. The collection first appeared as a series of columns in Glamour magazine, the largest circulating women's magazine in the world. Pearl’s “Global Diaries” column featured women from such countries as Cambodia, Cuba, Liberia, Mexico, Turkey, Colombia, Uganda, Senegal, Italy, France, the US, and Russia who used their own lives to transform their environments.

Pearl is a contributor to many publications such as The New York Times, The Sunday Times, Condé Nast Traveler, and Self magazine. She also reports and produces documentaries for broadcast media. She is currently writing her third book and working on a documentary about resilience.

Her earlier work includes the documentary series The Gene Jungle, which explores the sensitive issues surrounding the application of genetic technology to contemporary challenges. Biological Memory, the second report in this series, won the prestigious Science and Society Award at the International Festival of Scientific Film, held in Canada. In Paris, Pearl covered immigration and identity issues, using her daily radio program—which she developed, produced, and hosted for Radio France International—to explore issues surrounding society, identity, and politics.

She is the recipient of the National Headliners Award for Magazine Writing, the Woman of the Year Award, The White House Project Award, the American Women in Radio and Television Award, the Internews Award for Excellence in International Reporting, the Vital Voices Award, El Mundo Editorial Award in Spain, and the Prix Vérité in France for Excellence in Nonfiction Writing, among other honors. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life & Death of My Husband Danny Pearl

Fighting Violence: Open Up a Dialogue