This headshot of co-executive editor Roxanne Patel Shepelavy accompanies her bio on The Philadelphia Citizen's mastheadRoxanne Patel Shepelavy oversees the workings of The Citizen, including its editorial content.  She also writes and edits stories about solutions to problems in Philly.

Roxanne 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.

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


Stories by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy:

WATCH: Sue Jacobson on Going For It

The businesswoman and former Chamber of Commerce board chair won the Chamber’s prestigious Paradigm Award for women last month. Her speech is a font of leadership wisdom we should all heed

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Listen: What Philly Can Learn from America’s Fastest Growing City

Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker talks to our podcast hosts, former Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, about how she’s guiding her Texas city through a population boom that benefits everyone. Hint: It’s just common sense

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Art for Change: Art Is a Verb That Means Change

The Forman Arts Initiative hired its first executive director, Adjoa Jones de Almeida, to shape their vision for an exhibit and engagement space centering their vast art collection and local community. Just don’t call it a museum

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Early Morning Rave for Voting

Daybreaker co-founder Radha Agrawal brings her non-alcoholic, early morning dance party back to Philly to celebrate our freedom to celebrate (and vote). Join the fun outside City Hall on April 12

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Citizen of the Week: Vivek Babu

Thanks to the efforts led by Drexel’s undergraduate student president, the university will for the first time give students the day off for voting and engagement on Election Day 2024, the latest in a string of election advocacy successes.

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Is the PPD Transparent Now?

In the aftermath of January’s police killing of Andrew Spencer, the Philadelphia Police Department did something kind of unheard of in the recent past. Could this be … change?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Citizen of the Year Awards: Mike Innocenzo

For his work helping to stand up the Civic Coalition to Save Lives, the PECO CEO and Chamber of Commerce Board Chair is this year’s Lewis Katz Corporate Citizen of the Year

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

LISTEN: Who is Richard Vague?

The banker, policy advisor, author and all-around renaissance man on how he got to where he is — and why he’s obsessed with personal debt

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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