Katherine Rapin works for the Philadelphia Citizen
Katherine Rapin

Freelance journalist Katherine Rapin has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Edible Philly, and While reporting, she’s found herself shoveling compost alongside a frantic farmer, getting schooled on urban gardening and gentrification by teenagers, making empanadas with the matriarch behind a long-running Philly block party and being hand-fed dumplings by a former assistant to the Dalai Lama.

Katherine also interviews unsuspecting strangers while they eat lunch and publishes a monthly ’zine about local grain.

Stories by Katherine Rapin:

Community Cure

As coronavirus upends our lives, community organizers aren’t waiting for the government to help us—supporting each other is the only way through

By Katherine Rapin

“Really, Stay Home”

An anonymous local ER doc on what it’s like being on the front lines of coronavirus—and what the rest of us can do

By Katherine Rapin

The Citizen Recommends: Map the Vote

At least 40,000 eligible Philadelphians are not even registered to vote. You can help change that with a new app

By Katherine Rapin

Ideas We Should Steal: HBCU Week

At the Wilmington event, hundreds of students get on-the-spot admissions and scholarships to attend historically black colleges. Philly’s high schoolers could use the same chance

By Katherine Rapin

Citizens of the Week: Kim Celano and Phillip Smith

Two student advocates launched Free Food @ Temple to decrease campus waste and help hungry students find a meal

By Katherine Rapin

Who’s On Philadelphia City Council?

We talked to the people representing you for the next four years. Here’s what they had to say

By Katherine Rapin

The Citizen Recommends: We Are the Seeds

PAFA’s new landscapes exhibit is the jumping off point for this weekend’s celebration of the people missing from those paintings: Local Native Americans

By Katherine Rapin

Foodizen: Composting in the City

Philadelphians dump 400,000 tons of food and yard scraps into the landfill every year. A city community composting pilot is working to put that waste to good use

By Katherine Rapin