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

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy 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. She now oversees the editorial operations of The Citizen, where she writes and edits stories about solutions to problems in Philly.

Roxanne is passionate about Philadelphia, a city she loves and worries over in equal measure.


Stories by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy:

“Equity To End Inequity”

In the months since George Floyd’s murder, American businesses have fallen over themselves to declare that Black lives matter. Now, at least 10 new venture funds offering over $350 million in socially-good investment are actually doing something to make a fairer Philly

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

More than BBQs and Mattress Sales

July 4th means different things to different Americans. Here, a roundup of Independence Day perspectives throughout our history

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Arts Everywhere

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is embedding the arts in myriad city agencies with a bold, economy-boosting goal that Philly should emulate: supporting art in every neighborhood in the city

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

15+ Ways To Honor Veterans On Memorial Day

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

Keep the Momentum of Change Going

On the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, let’s remember that the work towards racial justice is not over. Here, 13+ ways to make change

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

A Winning Vote

The Citizen gave its first $1,000 2021 Voter Lottery prize to Hassan Abdellah, a true voting champion, just for casting a ballot in West Philly. Two more winners will be announced in a few weeks.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Reduce Gun Violence Through Better Policing

While murder and shootings have spiked in Philly and elsewhere, both Camden and Newark have made progress in reducing gun violence by adopting smart policing techniques. Why don’t we do what they’ve done?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Is Kindness the Key to Happiness?

Find out next week at a Citizen event with author/entrepreneur Brad Aronson and Penn neuroscientist Dr. Vera Ludwig

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy