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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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"I appreciate you, for using your talent to teach as well as for humor and the laughter I enjoy while reading your stories. You are a local treasure."


Betty H.



Recent columns:

October 23, 2014
Welcome to Parenting

October 11, 2014
'80s Dancing Is the Only Tolerable Workout

September 25, 2014
Pray Tell: The Hocus Pocus of Happy Thoughts

September 11, 2014
Women's Bits

August 28, 2014
Road Hazards: Driving with My Teen

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