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:

Let’s Save Democracy … Again!

It’s not enough to just cast your own ballot in 2024. We must also work to get all eligible Philadelphians to vote — or risk losing our democracy as we know it. Here’s how you can join The Citizen in that effort

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: The Return of Rad Girls!

The Citizen is partnering with the original rad girl, Leah Kauffman, to bring back her annual celebration of kickass Philadelphia women who are making this rad city even more rad for all

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Fix: City Workers Who Work For You

Announcing The Citizen’s 2024 Integrity Icons, city employees who serve us all with the highest trust, care, equality and ethics. Come celebrate these heroes with us on May 23

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

“People Can Be Right About Different Things”

Checking in with a writer and photographer at Penn’s Daily Pennsylvanian, on covering protests, a presidential resignation and the pro-Gaza encampment on campus this year

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Total Impact Summit

The theme of ImpactPHL’s annual gathering of socially-conscious investors is “Modeling the Future Economy.” Learn what that means — and how Philly can benefit — on May 1 and 2

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

WATCH: Sue Jacobson on Going For It

The businesswoman and former Chamber of Commerce board chair won the Chamber’s prestigious Paradigm Award for women last month. Her speech is a font of leadership wisdom we should all heed

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Listen: What Philly Can Learn from America’s Fastest Growing City

Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker talks to our podcast hosts, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, about how she’s guiding her Texas city through a population boom that benefits everyone. Hint: It’s just common sense

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Art for Change: Art Is a Verb That Means Change

The Forman Arts Initiative hired its first executive director, Adjoa Jones de Almeida, to shape their vision for an exhibit and engagement space centering their vast art collection and local community. Just don’t call it a museum

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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