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July 8, 2007
Asra Nomani
Pearl Project
Asra Nomani BIO:
CURRENT:
Visiting scholar in the practice of journalism at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies, leading the Pearl Project, a faculty-student investigation into the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (as of August 2007). Mr. Pearl was staying at her home in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2002 when he was kidnapped.

PREVIOUS:
· Reporter for the Wall Street Journal for 15 years:
·    Interned at the paper’s San Francisco bureau in 1988
·    Staff reporter in Journal’s Chicago bureau at age of 23, reporting on the commodity’s market and later on the airline industry.
·    Moved to their Washington bureau in 1992 where she covered the Transportation Department and international trade, reporting on the nexus between corporations, politics and lobbying.
·    Moved to their New York bureau in 1997 for the launch of the newspaper’s Weekend section, covering travel.
· After Sept. 11, 2001, while on leave from the Journal, she became a correspondent for Salon magazine, reporting in Pakistan, & earned an Online Journalists Award for feature reporting for her dispatches.
· In 2003, she challenged rules at her mosque in Morgantown, WV that required women enter through a back door and pray in a secluded balcony. She was put on trial at her mosque to be banished. On March 1, 2005, she posted on the doors of her mosque in Morgantown "99 Precepts for Opening Hearts, Minds and Doors in the Muslim World."
· Interned at Harper’s Magazine & States News Service, a regional wire service in Washington, D.C., and reported for Newsweek OnCampus, a college publication by Newsweek.
· Lead organizer of woman-led Muslim prayer in NYC on March 18, 2005.
· Visiting scholar at the Center for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and a Poynter Fellow at Yale University (2005)
· Co-founded with other Muslim women an organization, Muslims for Peace, www.muslimsforpeace.net. (Sept. 2006)
· Reporting fellowship from South Asian Journalists Association to report on a Muslim woman activist building a women’s mosque in India (Oct. 2006)
· Worked at Daily Athenaeum, the student newspaper at West Virginia U., interviewing visiting speakers from Abbie Hoffman to G. Gordon Liddy.
· As editor of her high school newspaper at Morgantown High School, she had an early appreciation for journalism.

BOOKS:
Author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam” & “Tantrika: Traveling the Road of Divine Love”

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s in liberal sciences, West Virginia University in 1986; Master’s in international communications, American University in 1990.

PERSONAL:
Born in 1965 in Bombay, India, she came to the U.S. at the age of four not knowing any English. Raised in the foothills of West Virginia in Morgantown. She still lives there with her son Shibli.

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Info: Asra Nomani discusses the investigation into the death of her friend/Wall Street Journal colleague Daniel Pearl. She is currently a visiting scholar in journalism at Georgetown University and is leading their Pearl Project, a faculty-student investigation into the murder of Daniel Pearl.

Washington Post: Article

Georgetwon Univ.: School of Continuing Studies

Daniel Pearl Foundation: Website

Guest Contact Info: pearlproject@georgetown.edu

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