Project Director, Philadelphia Research Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts
Larry Eichel is the project director of the Philadelphia Research Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts. The initiative provides timely, impartial research and analysis on key issues facing Philadelphia for the benefit of the city’s citizens and leaders.
Prior to arriving at Pew in November 2008, Eichel was a reporter and editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he covered issues ranging from urban affairs to national politics, including the 2008 presidential campaign. A former foreign correspondent, national correspondent and op-ed columnist, he has written in-depth series on Philadelphia’s tax burden and on the transformation of public housing in the city. From 2002 to 2006, Eichel was also adjunct professor at Temple University, where he taught courses in journalism.
Eichel graduated Magna cum Laude from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts in government, and authored two books—“For Those Still at Sea,” (The Dial Press) and “The Harvard Strike” (Houghton Mifflin.) Eichel has won numerous journalism awards, including the National Sigma Delta Chi Award for coverage of the 1984 presidential campaign and National Headliners Award for coverage of the 1985 MOVE disaster in Philadelphia.