Stephen C. Fehr

Stephen C. Fehr

  • Senior Officer
  • State Fiscal Health and Economic Growth,
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts


Stephen Fehr is a senior officer with Pew's state and local fiscal health initiative, which researches state budget issues and provides policy guidance to help policymakers manage finances through the turns in the economy.

As a lead researcher on the project, Fehr oversees a wide-ranging portfolio that includes state intervention efforts in distressed local governments, state revenue systems, rainy day funds, borrowing, public pensions, and state tax policy. He is a frequent speaker to professional and academic associations and contributes to Stateline, the daily news service of The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Fehr, who joined Pew in 2008, draws from 33 years’ experience as a reporter and editor at the Washington Post and the Kansas City Star. During those years, he covered every level of government, from city councils and school boards to state legislatures, governors, Congress, and the White House.

Fehr holds a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Recent Work

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  • Have You Ever Overdrafted?

    Checking accounts are the most widely used financial product in the United States. But as Pew found, consumers often are in the dark about their bank’s debit card overdraft policies—including the size of a typical overdraft fee, opt-in requirements, transaction reordering, and overdraft options. Read More

  • Pew Scholar Maps Structure of the 'Wasabi Receptor'

    David Julius, a 1990 Pew scholar in the biomedical sciences and professor of physiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Yifan Cheng, a biochemist at UCSF,  are using 3-D imaging to take a closer look at receptors that perceive pain that Julius identified a decade ago. Read More

  • Wait Times in the District of Columbia

    In the 2014 general election, the District of Columbia Board of Elections did something fairly unique: It measured how long voters were waiting to cast ballots. And it did this by simply observing and timing people at polling places. Read More