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’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. She now oversees the editorial operations of The Citizen, where she writes and edits stories about solutions to problems in Philly.

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


Stories by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy:

12 Ways To Honor Veterans

Thank a vet today for helping to keep you free. Then consider other ways to give back to those who served

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Mailing Ballots to Every Voter

California Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered ballots be sent to all his state’s registered voters for the general election. Why don’t we do that here?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Virtual Town Hall on The Last Dance

The Philly-born producer of the hit Michael Jordan documentary takes us behind the scenes of the film that has stormed America

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Heroes and New Normal Forum

Next week’s virtual event is a call to arms for the investor class: Can concentrated social impact investing create a post-Covid Philly that’s better than ever?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Citizen Virtual Town Hall Recap: Talking with Ali Velshi

The MSNBC anchor spoke to Citizen editor Larry Platt and a community of engaged social distancers about covering coronavirus from his apartment—and why this might be the moment America needs for real change

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

An Ode To Students

Teachers at Upper Darby’s Stonehurst Elementary School sent students a heartfelt video from quarantine. Enjoy the love—and send us your tributes, too

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Tip Your Server, Please

A whopping 79,000 Philadelphians work in the city’s food industry, and most of them just lost their jobs. A virtual tip jar has launched to help you help them.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Love a Teacher?

Nominate them for Integrity Icon, and let the whole city celebrate them for going above and beyond their job

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy