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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Philadelphians say public safety has become the number one problem facing the city, according to the latest poll by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read More
A new poll from The Pew Charitable Trusts shows Philadelphians with a generally upbeat outlook about their city—happy to have hosted major events in the past year, pleased with their new mayor, and accepting of a new tax imposed by city leaders. Read More
For years, federal and many state financial officers have had to report revenue forgone by their governments as the result of business tax incentives and exemptions. Those types of disclosures have not been required of most city governments, but from now on they will because of new rules passed last year by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. Read More