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Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, Executive Editor of The Philadelphia Citizen
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, 

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy has been a Philadelphia journalist for more than two decades. She is an  award-winning magazine writer whose work has appeared in Details, Self, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Washingtonian and Philadelphia magazines, where she looked at the effects of war; the moral and literal cost of healthcare; kick-ass female athletes; art capers and self-help scams. She oversees the editorial operations of The Citizen, and writes about solutions to problems, schools and systems, voting and civic engagement.

Roxanne is passionate about Philadelphia, a city she loves and worries over in equal measure.


Stories by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy:

Ideas We Should Steal: Swap Columbus Day for an Election Day Holiday

The small city of Sandusky, Ohio, cancelled the out-of-step holiday in favor of one much needed. We should do that in Philly, too.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

No Common Sense on Guns

The only gun bills the state legislature will consider this year take us backwards, not forwards. Is there anything Philly can do?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

“Find a Place to Stand”

At this year’s Germination Project Draft Gala, Temple Rhodes Scholar Hazim Hardeman left us with words that all of us would do well to live by

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Reducing Gun Violence

Oakland cut its gun violence rate in half by using a version of programs Philly abandoned in 2015. With shootings on the rise, isn’t it time we embraced Ceasefire?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

20 Ways To Help Schools in Philadelphia

School is back in session in Philadelphia. Here are a bunch of ways you can do your part to make it the best school year ever

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Make The World Better Concert 2019

Former Eagle Connor Barwin’s annual benefit helps his foundation help city parks

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

More Trees, Please

Trees—which nourish the earth, beautify the city, lower temperatures and increase good health—are disappearing from Philly. Here, some ideas to fix that

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

How Do You Heal?

A group of Drexel doctors have launched a social media campaign to learn, and share, stories about healing from trauma. It’s something we need now more than ever

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy