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Starshine Roshell is a journalism professor, magazine writer, award-winning columnist and overwhelmed mother of two.

Named for a song in the 1960s musical "Hair," in which her father starred, Starshine grew up in Los Angeles on the soap opera sets and in the Sunset Strip nightclubs where her parents worked.

She graduated UCLA cum laude and wrote for The Hollywood Reporter before joining the Santa Barbara News-Press as news reporter, theater and rock music critic, Sunday columnist and deputy features editor. She resigned with dozens of colleagues in 2006 over the publisher's breaches of journalistic ethics.

Her syndicated column won a first-place award from the California Newspaper Publisher's Association, and she has a second-place CNPA award for Business/Financial reporting.

Starshine lives in Santa Barbara with her husband John, a graphic artist, and their two sons.

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"When words fail us, Starshine is there to speak for the girl in all of us women. She articulates thoughts we didn't even know we had."


Cheri Steinkellner, Emmy-Winning writer, Cheers



Recent columns:

June 19, 2014
Stone Starts Driving

June 5, 2014
Are You a Feminist NOW?

May 22, 2014
The Sting of the Strikeout

May 8, 2014
Where Does the Story End?

April 24, 2014
A Woman Unglued

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