Currently at the Memorial & Museum

Memorial Museum Hosts Expert Panel
on Reporting Terrorism
The Pearl Project - Why Investigative Journalism Matters

February 15, 2011

A panel featuring the leading members of The Pearl Project spent the day in the Memorial Museum teaching students and speaking at a luncheon. They discussed their findings of a 3 ½ year investigation into the kidnapping and the murder of Daniel Pearl, an American journalist working for The Wall Street Journal.

The project, a faculty-student investigative reporting initiative at Georgetown University, published by the Center for Public Integrity, revealed that Pearl was killed by the same man who boasted of planning the 9.11 attacks. Presented in collaboration with Oklahoma City based Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the program featured participants discussing their investigation, the obstacles they encountered and the general topic of the dangers of reporting terrorism and the personal and professional challenges it poses.

The panel included Pearl’s friend and colleague Asra Nomani, co-director of the project; Barbara Feinmann Todd, co-director and journalism director for Georgetown University; Jessica Rettig former student; Georgetown University and reporter for U.S. News & World Report; Erin Delmore, former Georgetown student and booking producer, MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and Henry Freeman, retired editor, The Journal News, White Plains, New York. The panel was moderated by Ed Kelley, Editor of The Oklahoman. Bill Buzenberg, executive director, Center for Public Integrity also spoke at the luncheon.

“In a world where sound bites are told in 30-45 seconds and news is told in 140 characters or less, you realized by studying The Pearl Project why investigative journalism is so critical,” said Kari Watkins, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. “The Reporting Terrorism exhibit and the panel today provide an inside look at reporting terrorism from the front lines.”

A new text and artifact panel describing The Pearl Project findings was added to the Museum’s special exhibit Reporting Terrorism.

Watch the webcast of The Pearl Project.

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