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.
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In the School District of Philadelphia, students are not required to attend a particular high school. A wide—and potentially bewildering—variety of choices confronts eighth-graders and their parents. To go anywhere other than their neighborhood high schools, they must identify the options they think fit their needs and apply to them. Read More
PHILADELPHIA—A new analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts explores for the first time the process of matching eighth-graders with district-run high schools in Philadelphia, shedding light on which students ended up in 21 special admission programs—generally considered the most desirable of those run by the School District of Philadelphia. Read More
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) present a troubling picture of Philadelphians and their smoking, lack of exercise, obesity, binge drinking, and inadequate sleep. Among adult residents of the nation’s 30 largest cities, Philadelphians rank in the bottom 10 on all five unhealthy behaviors, which are considered risk factors for chronic diseases and lower... Read More