Senior Vice President
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Don Kimelman manages Pew's information initiatives, which are largely carried out by the internationally renowned Pew Research Center. The research center, based in Washington DC, produces timely reports on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. It takes no positions on policy issues. In addition, Kimelman oversees the Philadelphia Program, which includes Pew’s Culture program, its Philadelphia-based Civic Initiatives, the Pew Fund for Health and Human Services and the Philadelphia Research Initiative, which produces timely research on key issues facing the city.
Kimelman brought more than 25 years' experience in journalism to Pew when he arrived from The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1997. After joining the paper in 1979, he had a mix of local, national, foreign and investigative assignments, and then turned to editing. He served as an Inquirer national correspondent based in Houston, Texas, and as the newspaper's Moscow correspondent covering the period of transition from Brezhnev's death to Gorbachev's ascension. Kimelman was a member of the paper's editorial board for seven years, where he wrote frequently on urban issues and social policy. His last assignment for the Inquirer was as Pennsylvania editor, supervising state and suburban coverage. Previously he worked at the Annapolis Evening Capital and The Baltimore Sun.
Kimelman is a graduate of Yale University and of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also chairs the board of the Pew Research Center.