Widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter gives birth to son

Thursday, May 30th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NEW YORK (AP) _ The widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl has given birth to a baby boy in Paris.

The baby, Adam D. Pearl, was born Tuesday, said Ashley McCown, a Boston-based spokeswoman for the family. The baby and his mother, Mariane Pearl, ``are doing fine,'' McCown said Thursday.

Adam weighs about 6 pounds, said a Dow Jones & Co. spokesman in New York. The Wall Street Journal is published by Dow Jones.

Pearl, 38, the newspaper's South Asia bureau chief, disappeared Jan. 23 in the violent port city of Karachi, Pakistan, while researching a story on Pakistani militants. Pakistan has charged four Islamic militants in his kidnapping and murder.

Mariane Pearl, a free-lance journalist, now lives in Paris, where the couple met when he was on assignment there. She was six-months pregnant with their only child when Pearl disappeared.

In a statement, the Pearl family said: ``For us, Adam's birth rekindles the joy, love, and humanity that Danny radiated wherever he went. The name Adam symbolizes the birth of humankind and the connectedness of civilizations.''