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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:

The Citizen Recommends: A Public Forum with Adam Foss

The criminal justice reformer—and former prosecutor—is bringing his program to Philadelphia. Later this month, United Way hosts him to talk about poverty and the justice system.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: First Annual Ideas We Should Steal Festival

We’re bringing problem-solvers from around the country to Philly on November 30th. Join us!

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Fixing the Problems We Can Fix

A local child welfare agency is proving that youths who struggle after foster care can lead stable lives. And you won't believe how little its intervention costs

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Fix: “Integrity Idol”

Nationwide contests in developing countries turn honest public officials into celebrities. Let’s convince the DC-based group behind the project to bring it here

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Table Talk

The second annual On the Table discussion series is scheduled for November. Can it lead to more than just talk?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Leading for Change

A new class of Germination Project fellows joined an elite group last night tasked with shaping a city of the future

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Citizen of the Week: Thomas Quinn

The Central High School social studies teacher is on a mission to change the world outside his classroom—by registering to vote every eligible high schooler in the city

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Can there be capitalism for good?

Hear what you missed at the sold out Citizen event with author Anand Giridharadas and B Lab’s Jay Coen Gilbert

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy