The Chicago Journalists Association has named national security reporter Souad Mekhennet the 2017 recipient of the Daniel Pearl Award.

From the announcement: 

“Her selection was recommended by the parents of Daniel Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan in early 2002. Ruth and Judea Pearl are co-founders of the Daniel Pearl Foundation whose mission is to promote cross-culture understanding through journalism, music and innovative communications.

The Pearls sent the following message to CJA President Allen Rafalson: The Daniel Pearl Foundation is proud to join the Chicago Journalists Association in honoring Souad Mekhennet in her one-woman effort to penetrate the secrecy wall surrounding ISIS operatives. Souad best exemplifies Daniel’s spirit of courage and integrity, as well as his uncompromising commitment to the pursuit of truth.”

Souad will be presented the award at the organization’s 78th annual dinner on November 10.