Internationally Known Broadcast Journalist Charlie Rose to Present the 2007 Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award

HOUSTON, TX (April 23, 2007) – Emmy Award-winning journalist Charlie Rose has been selected to present this year’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award, sponsored by Holocaust Museum Houston.

Rose will present the award on Sunday, May 6, 2007, on behalf of the Museum to the parents of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter who worked to build bridges among people of different cultures but lost his life to kidnappers in Pakistan while covering the war on terror.

The award will be accepted in his honor by Ruth and Judea Pearl, during the Museum’s annual Moral Courage Award dinner. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Americas-Houston, 1600 Lamar St., under the theme “One Issue – One World,” reflecting the Museum’s ongoing mission of teaching how the courage and actions of even a single individual can effect tremendous change for the good of people around the world.

The world has come to know Pearl as the Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered by terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan in early 2002, just four months after the World Trade Center attacks of September 11. People around the world, along with his pregnant wife and family, prayed for his release. In Pearl, the terrorists believed they abducted a media figure, an American and a Jew. As the world would later learn, Pearl never capitulated to his captors, acknowledging his nationality, his religion and his beliefs openly and proudly.

Pearl’s life became the topic of a documentary by HBO entitled “The Journalist and the Jihadi: The Murder of Daniel Pearl.” A separate movie based on the book “A Mighty Heart,” by Pearl’s widow and starring Angelina Jolie, is scheduled for release later this year.

In 2002, Pearl and his wife Marianne moved to Bombay, where Pearl became the South Asia bureau chief for the Journal. His skill as a foreign correspondent was apparent not only in his entertaining Page One “A-hed” pieces which shed light on other cultures, but also in investigative stories that uncovered the truth from the rubble of war and devastation. It was Pearl who uncovered that the United States had mistakenly bombed a Sudanese pharmaceutical plant, believing it to be a weapons factory. Later, he broke the story of Al Qaeda’s money laundering through the tanzanite gem market.

It was from Bombay that he covered the war on terror, occasionally venturing into Pakistan. He was retracing the steps of “shoe bomber” Richard Reid and hoped to meet with Sheik Gilani, a spiritual leader, when he was abducted in Karachi. Several weeks elapsed without word of his fate; but his murder was confirmed on February 21, 2002.

Following his murder, his family and friends established the Daniel Pearl Foundation to carry on his legacy, using music and words to address the root causes of the hatred that took his life. The book “At Home in the World,” published in June 2002, features 50 of his best articles, illustrating his curiosity, humor, fairness and his love of humanity.

Rose has been praised as “one of America’s premier interviewers.” He is the host of Charlie Rose, the nightly program on the Public Broadcasting System that engages America’s best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers.

Rose, now a resident of New York City, was born in Henderson, North Carolina and graduated from Duke University. An attorney, he is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has received honorary doctorates of law from C.W. Post College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is the recipient of the George Peabody Broadcasting Award, the Emmy Award and The CableACE Award.

Holocaust Museum Houston created the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award in 1994 in cooperation with the Johnson family.

Previous recipients have included Sir Bob Geldof; former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell; U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, Jr.; former U.S. Sen. Robert Dole; filmmaker Steven Spielberg; and former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, among others.

Co-chairs for this year’s dinner are Eric and Karen Pulaski and Dr. John F. and Becca Cason Thrash. Honorary chairs for this year’s dinner include former President George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Barbara Bush; former President William J. Clinton; former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III and Mrs. Susan Baker; Houston Mayor Bill White and Mrs. Andrea White; Fred Zeidman, chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, and Mrs. Kay Zeidman; CNN news correspondent Christiane Amanpour; Mrs. B.A. Bentsen, widow of the late Lloyd Bentsen; and French philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Lévy.

To RSVP or to reserve a table, contact Diane McMaster at 713-942-8000, ext. 121, or e-mail For more information on the Daniel Pearl Foundation, visit