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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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"Thanks for your column this morning. I found it, as usual, refreshing and thought-provoking. You are a real treasure to this paper and to our community."


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Recent columns:

August 14, 2014
Too Old for a Micro-Mini?

July 31, 2014
Let It Go? We're Trying

July 17, 2014
Wife-Carrying: An Actual Thing

July 4, 2014
Ms. Roshell Goes to Washington

June 19, 2014
Stone Starts Driving

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