This headshot of co-executive editor Roxanne Patel Shepelavy accompanies her bio on The Philadelphia Citizen's mastheadRoxanne Patel Shepelavy oversees the workings of The Citizen, including its editorial content.  She also writes and edits stories about solutions to problems in Philly.

Roxanne has been a Philadelphia journalist for more than two decades. She’s an award-winning magazine writer whose work in national and regional magazines explored the effects of war; the moral and literal cost of healthcare; kick-ass female athletes; art capers; self-help scams; and a range of women’s and social issues.

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


Stories by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy:

The Citizen Recommends: Development … for Good — Built to Heal

In the next in our “Development … for Good” event series, the internationally-renowned architect will explore how buildings can be vessels for reconciliation and change

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Working While Menopause-ing

One in four women leave the workforce because of symptoms related to menopause, a life milestone that has been woefully under-researched. Help may, finally, be on the way

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Is Kevin Bethel the Police Changemaker We Need?

Mayor-elect Cherelle Parker’s choice for new Philly Police Commissioner transformed the school-to-prison pipeline. Can he do the same for the city writ large?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Stop Hitting People With Cars

Stories this week of the Sixers’ Kelly Oubre Jr. and a beloved former school teacher being hit by cars brought up a perennial Philly problem: Our roads are unsafe. Here, recommendations to fix that

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

How to Support Veterans

More than a dozen ways to give back to those who fought to keep you free

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Stand Up & Shout

Philly-raised filmmakers Mike Jackson, Ty Stiklorius and Amy Schatz — along with John Legend — debut their short documentary about Hill-Freedman high school songwriters November 7. Watch it on HBO — and then see the kids at our Ideas We Should Steal Festival

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2023: AI for Social Impact

Vilas Dhar and Beth Simone Noveck, advocates for humane AI, will share their vision for using tech to create and support better citizens at our annual event on November 17

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2023: Majora Carter Wants You to Stay in Your Neighborhood

The MacArthur “Genius” has a solution to the problems facing low opportunity communities: Treat them like struggling companies

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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