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.


Stories by Lauren McCutcheon:

Put Your Money for Your Mouth Where Your Heart Is

Philadelphia restaurants and the causes they champion, causes you support by supporting them

By Lauren McCutcheon

The [Insert Name Here] High School in Your Neighborhood

What would happen if middle class families in Philly embraced their local high schools the way they have their elementary schools?

By Lauren McCutcheon

The Citizen Recommends: Countdown to the 250th

The second annual pep rally for Philadelphia’s celebration of the country’s semiquincentennial is a fundraiser and party for planning our country’s birthday bash

By Lauren McCutcheon

Your 2023 Good (Philadelphia) Citizen Calendar

The dates you need and things to do in Philadelphia to make this year your civic best

By Lauren McCutcheon

Recap: What We Learned at the 2023 Ideas We Should Steal Festival

The Philadelphia Citizen’s sixth annual celebration of solutions was its biggest yet — with some of the biggest revelations to inspire you to make our city better in approximately a bajillion ways

By Lauren McCutcheon

Keeping Local Media Afloat

Today, The Lenfest Institute for Journalism granted The Philadelphia Citizen — and 16 other local media organizations — beaucoup funds to sustain and grow

By Lauren McCutcheon

Election 2023: Christy Brady Just Wants to Go Back to Work

If elected, the Democratic candidate for Controller would be the second CPA in the role — and the first career-long employee of the office

By Lauren McCutcheon

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2023: Police Reform with Charles Ramsey

Philadelphia’s former top cop, a forerunner of transparency and equity in policing, will talk about the future of serving and protecting with former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed on November 17

By Lauren McCutcheon

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