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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:

The Threat

In the wake of last week’s Instagram threat against 10 Philly schools, here are some ideas for actually keeping our kids safe

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Come Get Your Money

State Treasurer Joe Torsella helped launch two programs this month—one old and one new—to help Pennsylvanians get ahead. Sometimes, government can be the answer

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Video: Richard Vague on What Voters Really Want

The local businessman, who may run for president, talks to Michael Smerconish about time he spent talking to real Americans. What he learned may surprise you

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Do Something: Help Your Furloughed Neighbors

Many of the 45,000 Philadelphians who work for the federal government are not getting paid. Here are some ways you can help them get by

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Cash Rules Everything Around Me

Temple sociologist Sara Goldrick-Rab hosts a town hall this week on college debt. Here she talks about her groundbreaking work—and the hope it brings her

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

“We Are the World Changers”

Young people experiencing poverty from all over the world came to Philly to find solutions to their joint plight. Can they be the answer we’re looking for?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Things We Cared About

2018 was quite a year. Can we make 2019 the best one ever in Philly?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

“It’s Not Just About Housing”

Stephanie Sena’s latest project to help the homeless would create villages of small houses on lots around the city. Is community the solution to one of our biggest ills?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy