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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  • Public Safety in Maryland

    Maryland lawmakers established the bipartisan, interbranch Justice Reinvestment Coordinating Council in June 2015 to assess the state’s corrections system and find data-driven ways to improve public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control costs. Although Maryland’s crime and incarceration rates have declined over the past five years, its corrections spending has continued to... Read More

  • Medicare and Medicaid: A Half-Century of Progress

    July 30 marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing amendments to the Social Security Act that created Medicare and Medicaid. Over the past five decades, these two landmark programs have provided health care for millions of Americans. But they have also been changed and improved in ways that expand access, increase quality, and control costs. This process will continue in... Read More

  • Protecting Patients from Harm: Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse in Medicare

    For 50 years, Medicare has helped ensure that senior citizens and those with disabilities have access to high-quality health care in the United States. Many Medicare recipients suffer from painful chronic conditions, such as arthritis, while others have experienced falls or surgeries. Most if not all of these patients look to their health care providers for pain relief. Read More