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. Fehr’s portfolio includes state intervention efforts in distressed local governments, state revenue systems, rainy day funds, borrowing, public pensions, and state tax policy. He also contributes to Stateline, a Pew initiative that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.
Before joining Pew, Fehr worked for more than three decades 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’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia.