About

Stephen C. Fehr

Stephen C. Fehr

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

Profile

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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  • Fishing Blind

    A recent move by New England ocean fisheries management officials to suspend monitoring of commercial fishing vessels is the latest sign of disarray in a program meant to provide reliable, independent information about fishing. A good monitoring system tracks the amount and types of fish taken from the water and also gathers information about the "bycatch," or nontarget animals killed by fishing.... Read More

  • Banking on Prepaid

    General purpose reloadable (GPR) prepaid cards, also called GPR prepaid accounts, are a versatile financial tool for consumers. They can be loaded via direct deposit or with cash, and used at ATMs to withdraw funds and at stores to make point-of-sale purchases, similar to debit cards tied to checking accounts. They can also be used to budget or control spending. This report presents findings from... Read More

  • Shark Attack Survivor: Eric Larsen, Emerald Hills, California

    In July 1991, Eric Larsen was surfing in the waters off Davenport, California, near Santa Cruz, when he was bitten several times by what was estimated to be a 16-foot-long great white shark. The shark dragged Larsen underwater when it became entangled in the leash of his surfboard. Larsen managed to swim to the surface and paddle to shore, despite substantial bites to both arms and one leg.  Read More