color_fullRoxanne Patel Shepelavy is an award-winning freelance magazine writer whose work has appeared in Details, Self, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Washingtonian and Philadelphia magazines. She specializes in narrative investigative pieces with a special eye to stories at the intersection of science and society. She has written about the effects of war; the moral and literal cost of healthcare; social issues; kick-ass female athletes; self-help scams; stem cells and other biotechnology; art capers; schools and systems.

She currently serves as a founder and executive editor of The Philadelphia Citizen, a nonprofit media and civic engagement outlet with a dual purpose: To provide deeply reported journalism that emphasizes solutions that can move our region forward, and to actively reignite citizenship in and around Philadelphia.

She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.