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Katherine Rapin works for the Philadelphia Citizen
Katherine Rapin

Freelance journalist Katherine Rapin has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Edible Philly, and FoodNetwork.com. 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.

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Stories by Katherine Rapin:

Medicine of and for the people

Is a vaccine collaboration between Penn and West Philly faith leaders a roadmap to more equitable healthcare?

By Katherine Rapin

How to Start a Garden in the City

Gardening experts share practical advice on how to start a garden when you live in a city—whether you have a small patio, rooftop deck or just a sunny windowsill

By Katherine Rapin

“Putting Race At The Forefront”

At Penn Medicine, white workers were three times more likely to sign up for a vaccine than Black workers. Dr. Florencia Greer Polite and fellow Black physicians set out to change that with a program getting noticed across the country

By Katherine Rapin

One Year of Covid: How Philadelphians Stepped Up

Checking in with the local heroes who manufactured PPE 24/7, raised millions (!) for small businesses, kept our neighbors fed and more. Philly, you rock.

By Katherine Rapin

A New News Narrative

A youth-led after-school media program helps young Philadelphians cover issues important to, and about, them. Are you listening, big media?

By Katherine Rapin

10+ Ways to Give Back This Holiday Season

We can all make the holidays brighter for others this year. Here, some simple, tangible, impactful ways to get started

By Katherine Rapin

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2020: Driving Innovation in Education

Join us on December 15 to hear from Chicago Beyond’s Liz Dozier on how innovation fueled by empathy can upend how we educate children

By Katherine Rapin

11+ Ways to Share Food—and Love—This Thanksgiving

The holidays will look different this year, but there are still plenty of ways you can spread TLC around Philly

By Katherine Rapin