Joins the Pew Center on the States

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Washington, DC - 07/01/2008 - The Pew Charitable Trusts announced today that, an online news site, is becoming a project of the Pew Center on the States (PCS)., which has published every weekday since Jan. 25, 1999, has a strong reputation for providing original, unbiased reporting on state issues. Joining the Pew Center on the States will allow the editorially independent online news site to tap into PCS’ research and analysis.  It will also give PCS an unparalleled ability to stay ahead of state policy developments and trends and better provide nonpartisan information and analysis on important issues facing the states.

“Bringing into PCS, along with Pew’s other state-focused initiatives, marries excellent independent journalism with top-notch research,” said Susan Urahn, managing director of the Pew Center on the States. “ will strengthen PCS’ capacity to identify emerging issues and assess the impact of policy choices.” comes to PCS following four years as a project of the Pew Research Center, an independent subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.

As a new project of the Pew Center on the States, will strengthen its capacity to report on issues critical to policy makers and the public and provide deeper analysis of trends across the states. In addition, will continue to maintain journalistic integrity and editorial independence by not engaging in advocacy work. As it does now, will periodically report on PCS research, events and other efforts—applying the same news judgment it does to initiatives that have no Pew involvement.

“The combination of PCS and drives this collaboration,” said Gene Gibbons, executive editor of “This development also sends a powerful signal that The Pew Charitable Trusts is committed to state issues, and to the kind of journalism in the public interest that provides. That’s particularly important at a time when news industry coverage of state government is shrinking.”

The Pew Center on the States, a division of The Pew Charitable Trusts, examines effective policy approaches to critical issues facing the states. The Center conducts credible research, brings together diverse perspectives, and analyzes states’ experiences to determine viable, nonpartisan and pragmatic solutions for the states.

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