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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.

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Stories by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy:

Ideas We Should Steal: Reducing Poverty—Together

In Canada, communities lifted more than 200,000 families out of poverty in seven years. Why don’t we do what they did?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Make the World Better Fundraiser

The event, next week, helps fund Connor Barwin’s mission to fix Philly’s playgrounds

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Updates: A Hub for Justice

The Citizen's Executive Editor Roxanne Patel Shepelavy reports on how Philly won $1 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies for a Juvenile Justice Hub proposed by city cops. Could it become a national model of reform?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Citizens Of The Week: Philly’s Teachers

It’s the last day of public school in Philly. Let’s give teachers a hand as they embark on their much-deserved summer break

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

CitizenCast: What Is The Citizen?

This week, co-founder Larry Platt answered just that question. Hint: It has something to do with reinvigorating democracy

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Fill The Steps

Join the Inky’s Helen Ubiñas and thousands of young people to honor those affected by gun violence

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Philly Farm Social

WURD’s evening at Bartram’s Garden will feature The Citizen’s new Foodizen podcaster, food historian Tonya Hopkins. Here, she talks about the influence of African Americans on American food

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