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Shelby Hodge

Editor at Large

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After 18 years as society columnist at the Houston Chronicle, Shelby Hodge jumped ship in October 2009 to join CultureMap as Editor-at-Large.

While at the Chronicle, she covered a variety of subjects from Presidential inaugurations in Washington D.C. to travels of the British Royal family in the U.S. Her main area of expertise was and continues to be Texas society — the black tie galas, the fancy weddings, the swell parties. But since joining CultureMap she has expanded her writing repertoire to include a variety of subjects of interest to Houstonians — business, design, a bit of politics and breaking news when she gets the scoop on a hot happening.

Shelby is a native of Baton Rouge, La., and a journalism graduate from LSU. 

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The Big Blow

Big bubble gum bubbles are a hit at million dollar dinner launching charity's "Pop for Hope" challenge

By Shelby Hodge

Million dollar dinners have become commonplace for Casa de Esperanza, which enjoyed another seven-figure windfall Sunday night. But this time around, organizers added an extra fundraising twist that involved bubble ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Star Jones sees red and Houston TV anchor gets special surprise at record-breaking luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

Surviving and thriving after open heart surgery, Star Jones felt that she was called to take up the banner in the fight against heart disease, the No. 1 killer of ...


Let's Play Doctor

Reality series Married to Medicine is filming in H-Town, and we have our own ideas for the cast

By Shelby Hodge

You might have seen the Hollywood film trucks tooling around town in recent weeks and you might have heard that Purveyors of Pop is filming a Houston version of Atlanta ...


Partying in the Park

Hermann Park Conservancy parties outdoors in spectacular setting

By Shelby Hodge

We seem to always be talking about the weather these days and with so many thunderstorms playing havoc with our party plans, it's only natural. Case in point, Friday ...


Pens and Personalities

Best-selling authors dine with the Bushes in amazing River Oaks chateau with a ghost

By Shelby Hodge

One of the perks for the authors who volunteer their time as readers at the annual Celebration of Reading is an intimate luncheon with Barbara and George H.W. Bush ...


Hat in the Ring

Young professional launches campaign for City Controller with rainbow coalition bash

By Shelby Hodge

Houston's rich diversity is seldom more apparent than it was in the La Griglia party room earlier this week when Chris Brown, chief deputy controller, officially launched his campaign ...


Hey Big Spender

Houston trial lawyer pays highest ticket price for Mayweather fight, offers rides on corporate jet

By Shelby Hodge

Trial lawyer Tony "The Shark" Buzbee is known for setting records — paying the highest price ever for a River Oaks mansion, paying mega bucks for Super Bowl tickets and winning ...


Stay in School

A-listers recognize success of Communities in Schools at gala dinner raising $600,000

By Shelby Hodge

Communities in Schools had no trouble selling the gathering of 300 at the annual "Stay in School" gala on the benefits of their programs that have a 99 percent success ...


Green acres

Houston billionaire couple pledges $10 million for Bayou Greenways project adding more park space and trails

By Shelby Hodge

Applause, applause for H-Town's philanthropic billionaires who live by the creed "to whom much is given, much is expected." Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand,  No. 318 on Forbes' 2015 list ...


Mister Big

Tilman Fertitta going high stakes with 10-acre luxury office tower development on West Loop

By Shelby Hodge

Billionaire entrepreneur Tilman Fertitta has never been one to think small and his latest project, The Post Oak, raises his ambitions to a new level. The owner of Landry's ...


Party Watch

KIPP fundraiser rakes in $1.5 million and a shout out from the world's richest man

By Shelby Hodge

What: KIPP Houston Public Schools' 21st annual dinner, "To Infinity and Beyond." Where: Bayou City Event Center. The 411: With a performance by the KIPP Generations Collegiate High School Marching ...


Pet Love

Animal lovers and their special pals raise a record $700,000 for SPCA at gala

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston SPCA "Animals' Best Friend Gala." Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa. The 411: Zane and Brady Carruth chaired the event that raised a record of more than ...


Party Central

Houston's swankiest new party palace is quickly becoming the go-to place for celebrations of all kinds

By Shelby Hodge

Coming from three disparate worlds, Tanqueray Gin, slick Houston magazine and not-for-profit Catwalk for a Cure seem an unlikely trio to share a common interest. But that was before the ...


Dancing With the Stars

World champion ballroom dancers floor dinner guests with hot moves at gala kickoff

By Shelby Hodge

For months, oilman Lester Smith had been promising a spectacular surprise for guests attending the Houston Symphony Ball underwriter dinner. He and his wife, Sue Smith, were hosting the gala ...


Gorillas in Our Midst

It's a swinging time at Zoo Ball as black-tie guests get sneak peek of new $28 million gorilla habitat

By Shelby Hodge

Houston Zoo's newest residents — a troupe of seven western lowland gorillas — were so nonchalant as the focal point of the Zoo Ball Saturday night that the black-tie crowd might ...


The Cool Kids

Houston's young and the restless celebrate the rites of spring at "La Dolce Vita" bash

By Shelby Hodge

Ah, the rites of spring are seldom celebrated with such fertile enthusiasm as during Hotel ZaZa's annual welcome of the season. Thursday night's "La Dolce Vita" bash lived ...


Best Ball Gowns Ever

Houston Grand Opera Ball brings out the best designer gowns on glamorous night: Here are our favorites

By Shelby Hodge

What better time to wear your most spectacular ball gown than the Houston Grand Opera white-tie-and-tails gala? Each year, the social swans dress to impress as at no other time.


Savvy Shopping

Designer clothes from most fashionable River Oaks closets rake in big bucks for Salvation Army

By Shelby Hodge

Thrift shoppers with a certain discretionary income and a load of good taste were in seventh heaven at the Salvation Army's "Reflections on Style" luncheon at River Oaks Country ...


Dinner and Discourse

Power couple honored as Rice University's Baker Institute raises $740,000 for new center

By Shelby Hodge

Corporate, diplomatic and education leadership turned out in black-tie force for the Rice University Baker Institute for Public Policy gala that not only honored one of the city's leading ...


Motown Lowdown

Motown legends and Supreme impersonators rock gala with classic favorites

By Shelby Hodge

Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine worked overtime at the Bayou Music Center when The Temptations took the stage for a Motown rocking night benefiting Children at Risk. The dance floor ...


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