Let Us Now Praise Famous Journalists

The story of Daniel Pearl, whom I saw just days before he went to Karachi, inspires me so much because, while he fearlessly chipped away at stories on the perils of war, he also had fun.

This week, two of the journalists who have influenced me most came to town – one in the flesh, and one in spirit. Joshua M. Friedman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who was my professor when I studied international reporting at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism 20 years ago, and he taught me almost...