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: The City Budget

Mayor Parker kicked off budget season with her $6 billion budget proposal to City Council. Here’s what that means, and what happens now

By J.P. Romney

Your City Defined: Sunshine Act

The 1957 state law requires elected bodies to hold all meetings in public, so the public knows what their government is doing. That is … a nice idea, isn’t it?

By J.P. Romney

The Night Mayor Will Take Your Call Now

Eighteen months after Philly’s first Nighttime Economy Director took up his post, the industry that generates $2.5 billion in wages is still waiting for help. Will Cherelle Parker hear their pleas?

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

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

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