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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For decades, Philadelphia could be understood largely in terms of blacks and whites. That is no longer the case. Fueled by the arrival of thousands of immigrants, the city 's Hispanic and Asian populations have grown dramatically and now represent one-fifth of the overall population. How big a factor these groups will become in the city's public life remains to be seen. Read More
A new analysis of the Philadelphia school district’s finances by The Pew Charitable Trusts finds that the district’s per-student funding was below that of seven of 10 big city districts in the United States for the 2013–14 school year. Read More