Larry Eichel

Larry Eichel

  • Director
  • Philadelphia Research Initiative,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Larry Eichel directs Pew’s Philadelphia research initiative. 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.

Recent Work

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  • The State of the City 2018

    By many measures, as indicated in The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2018 “State of the City” report, scheduled for release in early April, Philadelphia is on an upward trend, with an increasing population, strong job growth, and a vibrant arts and culture scene. But the city is also facing one of the highest drug overdose rates in the nation, fueled predominantly by an intensifying... Read More

  • Philadelphia’s Rising Overdose Deaths Highlight Opioid Crisis

    Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health estimated the number of drug overdose deaths in the city in 2017 at 1,200—nearly double the total from just three years earlier. The increase is being driven by rising opioid misuse and dependence: More than 80 percent of Philadelphia’s drug-related deaths in 2016 involved opioids, a significant change from 15 or 20 years ago, when... Read More

  • Philadelphia 2018: The State of the City

    In 2018, the key gauges of Philadelphia’s overall well-being fall into a clear-cut pattern, more than at other times in the city’s recent history: The economic indicators are mostly positive, the social measures considerably less so. Read More

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