By: George Gedda, Associated Press Writer
(AP) Stanford University has set up a fund to benefit student journalists in memory of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, a Stanford graduate.
The idea came from an anonymous $50,000 donation received last weekend, said Stanford spokeswoman Becky Smith.
Pearl, the Journal‘s bureau chief for South Asia, was on assignment in Pakistan when he was kidnapped by Islamic extremists Jan. 23. The State Department announced last week that it had received videotape evidence showing Pearl had been killed.
Pearl, 38, graduated from Stanford in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in communication.
Stanford officials have not yet decided how to use the Daniel Pearl Memorial Fund, Smith said. Possibilities could include an undergraduate scholarship or an annual prize to honor student journalists.
The fund was established as an endowment, so a portion of the money will be available every year, Smith said.