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Pew Research Prez to Step Down

Andy Kohut will step down as President of the Pew Research Center. He issued this letter to his colleagues. He claims he won’t really be leaving, but like many Washingtonians, he’ll take on a more “advisory” role. He writes, “I will not be exiting the scene and plan to continue with the work that has always been my great joy. In the future I will focus my efforts on public opinion commentaries and analyses, and also serve as an adviser on domestic and international opinion research practices.”

Dear Pew Research Center Colleagues,

I have some important news to share. I will be stepping down as president of the Pew Research Center at the end of this year, though I intend to remain actively engaged in the important work we do at the Center. Our research makes an important contribution to understanding the American public; what it thinks, what it knows and how it behaves in the many realms in which we operate.  I have loved leading those efforts since The Pew Charitable Trusts decided to place a bet on us in 1996 by funding the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the first “information initiative” that led to the creation of the current Pew Research Center.

Since 2004, the Pew Research Center has grown from a set of small, disparate projects to a combined organization of 130 people, with an expanding portfolio of domestic and international survey research, a growing footprint in demographic analysis and – importantly in this digital age – a greater variety of ways to tell our data-driven stories. I will not be exiting the scene and plan to continue with the work that has always been my great joy. In the future I will focus my efforts on public opinion commentaries and analyses, and also serve as an adviser on domestic and international opinion research practices. At its meeting earlier this month The Pew Charitable Trusts board endorsed our ambitious plans to expand our international research portfolio and I expect to have an ongoing role in making that happen.

I am confident we will have a smooth transition at the Pew Research Center. Don Kimelman, Rebecca Rimel, the Pew Research Center and Pew Charitable Trusts boards, and senior leaders here at the Center have been aware of my plans for some time. Don and the Pew Research Center board, in close consultation with Rebecca, will lead the search for my successor, whom I will assist in his or her transition.

Above all, I want you to know that we are committed to ensuring that the Pew Research Center continues to have a strong future as an independent, trusted source of facts and neutral analysis. I could not be more proud of the great contribution that all of you and the Pew Research Center as a whole have made in helping the press, the public and policymakers understand the trends shaping America and the world. And I look forward to even bigger and better things to come.

Best,
Andy

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