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:

Choose Democracy

The assault on the U.S. Capitol was a low point of our 248-year history. It’s time to pick a side: Are you for or against democracy?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Women Leading, Together

The 550 women executives in the 45-year-old Chicago Network are changing their city for the better — and creating opportunities for even more women leaders. There is no better moment for a similar effort in Philadelphia. (That’s also why we’re relaunching Rad Girls!)

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: Women Build It

The next in our Development … for Good series explores how a city designed by and for women could transform Philadelphia

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

WATCH: “Make Room For Women”

Women’s Way recently honored philanthropist and Citizen board member Jen Rice for her support of women’s empowerment programs. See what the self-declared feminist urged us all to do

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Let’s Save Democracy … Again!

It’s not enough to just cast your own ballot in 2024. We must also work to get all eligible Philadelphians to vote — or risk losing our democracy as we know it. Here’s how you can join The Citizen in that effort

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Citizen Recommends: The Return of Rad Girls!

The Citizen is partnering with the original rad girl, Leah Kauffman, to bring back her annual celebration of kickass Philadelphia women who are making this rad city even more rad for all

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

The Fix: City Workers Who Work For You

Announcing The Citizen’s 2024 Integrity Icons, city employees who serve us all with the highest trust, care, equality and ethics. Come celebrate these heroes with us on May 23

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

“People Can Be Right About Different Things”

Checking in with a writer and photographer at Penn’s Daily Pennsylvanian, on covering protests, a presidential resignation and the pro-Gaza encampment on campus this year

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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