A Buddhist, Mariane, 34, says she has leaned heavily on her beliefs since her 38-year-old husband, the South Asia bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal
, disappeared while investigating Islamic extremists in Pakistan earlier this year. After a grisly videotape delivered to the American consulate in Karachi proved Daniel had been murdered, Mariane opted to stay for a time in Pakistan to "show defiance against fear," as she later explained in a New York Times
Now living in Paris, Pearl, who is writing a book about her experiences, played host to Laura Bush two weeks before Adam's birth. "One of the things they [talked] about," reports presidential advisor Karen Hughes, who was along for the visit, "was that it is important for everyone in all countries to teach children that it is wrong to hate."
"Come out, come out, the world is not such a bad place," Daniel Pearl once sang to a friend's overdue baby. Tragically, he was not there to croon those words to his own son. On May 28 his widow, French-born journalist Mariane, gave birth to a 5-lb. 11-oz. boy, Adam D. Pearl. "My sister and her son are fine, very well," says her brother, Satchi Van Neyenhoff.