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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  • A Preview of ‘Our Ocean’: Progress in the Fight to End Illegal Fishing

    Catch a preview of the Our Ocean conference, which will be hosted by the Chilean government in Valparaíso, Chile, on Oct. 5 and 6, and hear the latest in global initiatives to stop illegal fishing. Read More

  • Vaikava Rapa Nui

    Easter Island, a territory of Chile that lies some 4,000 kilometers (2,300 miles) west of that country’s coast, is world famous for its Moai statues, which are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now it is time to protect the treasures off the shores of this remote island, waters of brilliant biodiversity that both feed the local Rapa Nui people and help them continue centuries-old... Read More

  • Protecting Our Southern Ocean

    The waters that surround Antarctica are among the least-altered ecosystems on Earth. Covering nearly 10 percent of the planet’s surface, the Southern Ocean supports a wide array of unique biodiversity that thrives in frigid temperatures. Tiny Antarctic krill, numbering in the trillions, flourish in huge swarms that sustain life for the region’s diversity of predators, including killer whales,... Read More