Larry Eichel directs Pew’s Philadelphia research initiatives. The project seeks to provide timely, impartial research and analysis on key issues facing Philadelphia for the benefit of the city’s citizens and leaders.
Prior to arriving at Pew in November 2008, Eichel was a reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he covered issues ranging from urban affairs to national politics, including the 2008 presidential campaign. A former foreign correspondent, national correspondent and op-ed columnist, he has written in-depth series on Philadelphia’s tax burden and on the transformation of public housing in the city. From 2002 to 2006, Eichel was also adjunct professor at Temple University, where he taught courses in journalism.
The author of two books - “For Those Still at Sea,” (The Dial Press) and “The Harvard Strike” (Houghton Mifflin.) - Eichel has won numerous journalism awards, including the National Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 1984 presidential campaign and National Headliners Award for coverage of the 1985 MOVE disaster in Philadelphia. Eichel graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts in government.
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According to the census, the educational attainment level in Philadelphia, though rising, remains well below the national average and the levels of most of the comparison cities. The Philadelphia region as a whole fares much better; 34.6 percent of the region’s adults are graduates of four-year colleges, which is well above average for metropolitan areas. Read More
Improving the graduation rate in Philadelphia’s district-run high schools has been a priority of school administrators and Mayor Michael Nutter. The district-provided numbers, while well below national and state averages, have been trending upward in the past decade. Read More