Chaykowski awarded 2012 Pearl internship

Jan. 10, 2012, 2:20 a.m.

Kathleen Chaykowski ’13, current editor in chief of The Stanford Daily, has been awarded the 2012 Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Internship, which funds an internship in a foreign bureau of The Wall Street Journal.


The internship was founded in 2003 to commemorate the work of Daniel Pearl ’85, a communication major at Stanford. Pearl was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in 2002 while working as a foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. He was 38.


Chaykowski, an English major from Fort Wayne, Ind., previously worked for the Chautauquan Daily in New York and the Mail & Guardian in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she covered refugees, migrants and human rights issues. She will return to Johannesburg this spring for her work with The Wall Street Journal.


In her application essay titled “Writing in Shades of Gray,” Chaykowski wrote that Pearl’s “attention to the ambiguity and surprises he encountered yielded stories that delve far beyond the black and white. It is the gray–the small, human moments, the contradictions–that I aspire to capture through my own reporting.”


Chaykowski was selected from an applicant pool of undergraduates and graduate students by Stanford communication faculty and Wall Street Journal staff.


— Margaret Rawson

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