J.P. Romney hails from the high deserts of Utah, but relocated to the east coast in 2015. He has worked as a historical researcher and writer since graduating from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in History. In 2016, he launched his audio career, directing and producing The Biblioclast Podcast. That same year, he started writing for the Philadelphia Citizen, adopting the Your City Defined column.

In 2020, J.P. entered Wake Forest University, earning an MFA in the esteemed Documentary Film program. In grad school, J.P. focused on sound design and audio production, creating several audio documentaries on subjects ranging from midterm election results to religion and culture to arts and theatrical performance.

J.P. has led the audio division of the Citizen since 2017, producing podcasts, series and audio articles through CitizenCast.


Stories by J.P. Romney:

Your City Defined: Register of Wills

What a RoW does, what Orphans’ Court is, and what Tracey Gordon, currently in the role, may have done to help herself out of a job

By J.P. Romney

Your City Defined: Sheriff’s Office

Here’s a breakdown — and a little history — about the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office

By J.P. Romney

Speed Cameras Save Lives. Why Are We Still Only Testing Out The Idea?

The first in a series on pilot programs looks at one that has deterred speeders and saved lives on Roosevelt Boulevard may not become permanent. How can Philly sustain — and keep track of — our City’s many such feasibility studies?

By J.P. Romney

Ideas We Should Steal: No More Traffic Deaths

Six years ago, the City pledged to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist deaths. Instead, they’ve gone up. Can we take a lesson from … Hoboken?

By J.P. Romney

Your City Defined: I-95 (a Troubled History)

The overpass collapse last week was not the first catastrophe associated with Philly’s stretch of interstate. That dates back to … the beginning

By J.P. Romney

Your City Defined: Primary Elections

Why we have them, why they are the way they are — and how they might change to allow more people to vote in Pennsylvania

By J.P. Romney

Ideas We Should Steal: An Everything Transportation App

It is unnecessarily hard to figure out the best public transit route to get around the Philly area — one reason people default to driving. Can we take a lesson from Berlin?

By J.P. Romney

Your City Defined: The Mummers Parade

A history lesson, including some scholarly conjecture, about Philadelphia’s New Year’s Day … phenomenon

By J.P. Romney

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