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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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"Starshine writes about the joys and travails of parenting with grace and understanding... and she always makes me laugh."


Lou Cannon, author of Ronald Reagan: A Life In Politics



Recent columns:

February 13, 2014
What the Focus This?

January 30, 2014
Foodies and Babies

January 16, 2014
Sex Robots

December 19, 2013
I Am Not Making This Up: I Interviewed Dave Barry

December 5, 2013
Men Are Going Bare. Down There.

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