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Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, Executive Editor of The Philadelphia Citizen
Roxanne Patel Shepelavy, Executive Editor/Co-Executive Director

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:

Keeping It Local

The Economy League has plans to keep millions of dollars in purchases from Penn and other institutions from leaving the city every year. Could it be the answer we’re looking for?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: WURD Empowerment Expo

The local black radio station celebrates the season with a day of physical, mental, financial and spiritual health

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

IDEAS WE SHOULD STEAL FESTIVAL 2018: Who you’ll see and what you’ll hear

Announcing the full lineup for November 30th’s daylong festival of solutions

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Help Us Steal an Idea. We’ll Give You 50k To Do It.

Introducing the Jeremy Nowak Urban Innovation Award, to bring one urban solution to Philly

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

12 Ways To Support 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

We Will Have Women

And six other takeaways from Tuesday’s midterms

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Make Voting Easy

In Oregon and 12 other states, voters are automatically registered to vote. In 16, they can register on election day. In several counties and states, voting is done by mail. All have higher turnouts than in PA

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Citizen of the Week: Adam Kesselman

The Lafayette Hill resident saw two problems he wanted to address in Philly: Litter and homelessness. He launched City Bright to help with both

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy