Ileana Najarro has been chosen as the 2015 Daniel Pearl Memorial Journalism Intern.

Najarro is a senior majoring in Communication. She will work in the Mexico City bureau of The Wall Street Journal in the fall of 2015.

The internship was established to commemorate the work and ideals of Pearl, a Stanford graduate and Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

Najarro is from Los Angeles, California where she started her journalism career at small local papers. Last summer Najarro interned at the Washington Post as a Metro reporter. She is currently working on a senior honors thesis analyzing the resonance of cultural messages encoded in contemporary Mexican telenovelas.

A committee of Stanford Department of Communication faculty members evaluated applicants for the internship. The Wall Street Journal made the final decision.

Pearl, a 1985 graduate of the Department of Communication, was kidnapped in Karachi on Jan. 23, 2002, while working on a story retracing the steps of “shoe bomber” Richard Reid. A month later, on Feb. 21, his captors released a videotape of his slaying. He was 38.

> Read Najarro’s winning essay on the Department of Communication website.