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

A Philadelphia journalist for more than two decades, Roxanne Patel Shepelavy is an award-winning magazine writer whose work has appeared in Details, SelfGlamour, Cosmopolitan, Washingtonian and Philadelphia magazines. She has written about the effects of war; the moral and literal cost of healthcare; kick-ass female athletes; art capers; self-help scams; and the struggles of schools and systems.

Roxanne is a former board member of Spells Writing Lab, a nonprofit writing program for Philly school kids. She is passionate about Philadelphia, a city she loves and worries over in equal measure.


Stories by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy:

Ideas We Should Steal: Tech for Turnout

Two years after the presidential election galvanized mostly progressive technologists, their innovations brought more voters to the polls in 2018. Expect more of that in Philly, too

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Shame of the Sheriff’s Race

Two women, both African American, are running to unseat accused sexual harasser Sheriff Jewell Williams this year. Did you even know?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: More Young Voters

Districts around the country—including University City in Philly—saw a huge uptick in young voters during the midterms. Harnessing that citywide could sway elections

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

‘Nova Nation Redux

We include graduation rates in our March Madness bracket. And guess who wins again?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Giving Locally

Philly is one of the least charitable regions in the country. Could a local version of Giving Tuesday, like they have in Austin, be the answer?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Imagining Possible Futures

The Pamela & Ajay Raju Foundation and the Art Museum will award $10,000 to one high schooler for an essay about the future

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Nowak Urban Innovation Award Goes to…

The Women's Community Revitalization Project won $50,000 to bring "development without displacement" to Grays Ferry

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Mayor Pete Could Be Your Next President

In a series on potential presidential candidates who served as mayors, The Citizen hosted South Bend’s Pete Buttigieg. Listen here for his vision of America’s future

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy