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Lauren McCutcheon is a Philadelphia writer and editor committed to creating accessibility, equity and community through journalism. She’s been on the editorial staff of Philadelphia magazine and the Philadelphia Daily News, and directed special projects at Mighty Writers.

As deputy editor at The Citizen, she supports contributors in creating impactful stories about people and ideas with the power to make Philadelphia a safer, fairer, more prosperous and altogether happier place.

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Stories by Lauren McCutcheon:

Can We Just Rename Taney Street, Already?

A dedicated group of citizens has spent three years trying to change the name of the tiny Philadelphia street that honors a big non-Philadelphian racist. Why won’t their Councilmembers let it happen?

By Lauren McCutcheon

Things to Do on the King Day of Service in Philadelphia

MLK Day — the King Day of Service — is the perfect opportunity to engage with other Philadelphia citizens on civic projects that matter. So, Volunteer. And, attend a discussion, see a film, listen to live music …

By Lauren McCutcheon

The 2023 Good (Philadelphia) Citizen Calendar

The dates you need to make this year your civic best

By Lauren McCutcheon

Citizen Events Year In Review

We painted a mural and threw a party to celebrate. We invited a spectrum of American leaders who are working to fix our democracy, our media, our city government, and our city.

By Lauren McCutcheon

The Citizen Recommends: The Desegregation of Higher Ed, Past, Present and Future

Michigan State University law school dean Linda Sheryl Greene gives the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham Jr. Memorial Lecture at Penn Carey Law School — and you’re invited.

By Lauren McCutcheon

Winter in Philadelphia

Everything you need to know about celebrating the winter holidays in Philadelphia.

By Lauren McCutcheon

We All Lost The Fetterman-Oz Debate

It was a mess from start to finish — not just because of John Fetterman’s post-stroke symptoms or Mehmet Oz’s smarminess. But because neither could be bothered to tell us anything we needed to know

By Lauren McCutcheon

The Citizen Recommends: The Tunnel Premiere

West Philadelphia filmmaker Kyle Jordan debuts a suspenseful short about the lingering, haunting effects of everyday Black trauma

By Lauren McCutcheon