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Shelby Hodge

Editor at Large

Social Scene

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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Obama's River Oaks Night

What really happened at President Obama's Houston dinner: Inside details on exclusive River Oaks fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

When trial lawyer and tobacco buster John Eddie Williams and his glamorous wife Sheridan built their second expansive home in River Oaks, they made sure that there was ample room ...


Party watch

Patrick Swayze's widow opens up on her struggle to care for him with Friends of Nursing

By Shelby Hodge

What: St. Luke's Foundation 25th anniversary Friends of Nursing luncheon. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: Actress and author Lisa Niemi Swayze spoke about her book, Worth Fighting ...


Shelby's Social Diary

A chilly garden party raises $700,000 for a major Bayou Bend boost

By Shelby Hodge

That whimsical Mother Nature. Some years, she smiles on the Bayou Bend Garden Party. Other years, she presents a chilly, drizzly challenge. The latter was the case Sunday night when ...


Shelby Hodge's Social Diary

Matt Schaub's going away party is a gift to Houston charity that brings out major sports celebs

By Shelby Hodge

What: The GR8 Hope Foundation "Hope Can Heal" gala. Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel. The 411: GR8 founders Laurie and Matt Schaub along with guest performer Clay Walker entertained supporters at ...


Houston's Best Dressed

Who wore it best: Great gowns from the Houston Grand Opera Ball

By Shelby Hodge

With the Grand Foyer of Wortham Theater Center filled with 550 glam guys and dolls, the Houston Grand Opera Ball tableau was a fashionista paradise. Look who wore what.


Shelby's Social Diary

Cool clothes — and a wolf — rule the Jonathan Blake runway, but tiger is a no-show

By Shelby Hodge

It's somewhat incongruous that Houston-based designer Jonathan Tinkle could be so painfully shy while his designs are bold and forward-thinking. Case in point, his recent fall fashion extravaganza at ...


Party Watch

SIRE benefits when Robin Williams impersonator keeps guests laughing at fundraiser

By Shelby Hodge

What: SIRE "Under the Stars" benefit. Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: Mary Elizabeth Sand chaired and Valerie Cook co-chaired the benefit dinner for the non-profit organization that highlights ...


Party Watch

High-powered leaders celebrate Center for Houston's Future and honoree John Nau

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Center for Houston's Future's 2014 Future Leadership luncheon. Where: Hyatt Regency Downtown. The 411: Philanthropists, community leaders, social heavyweights and business leaders turned out 700 strong ...


Grand Opera Ball

With dancers in swimsuits, a soprano on stage and flowers galore, Opera Ball is spectacular

By Shelby Hodge

Even without the stellar $2 million in proceeds, Saturday night's Houston Grand Opera Ball would have been one of the company's most memorable. With the dreamy Don Carlos ...


Party Watch

Juvenile Diabetes foundation gala raises $1.3 million and attracts political heavyweights

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Houston "Imagine the Night" gala. Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: With chairs Rachael and Jason Volz at the helm and Sen. Ted Cruz and ...


Party Watch

Opera honcho celebrates special birthday in high style with arias, admirers and Ring Cycle cake

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Grand Opera general manager Perryn Leech's 50th birthday party. Where: The Uptown Park high-rise residence of Beth Madison, former HGO board chair. The 411: The Rheinmaiden-themed birthday ...


Party Watch

An artful presentation celebrates the Jung Center and philanthropic couple

By Shelby Hodge

What: The Jung Center spring benefit, "The Pleasure of Art: Why We like What We Like." Where: River Oaks Country Club. The 411: Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro chaired the ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Covenant House gala celebrates success of street kids' new lives, raises more than $800,000

By Shelby Hodge

Even with the most upbeat of themes and most joyous of times, the Convenant House Texas gala never fails to bring tears along with standing ovations when young residents share ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Lynn Wyatt for the cover of Vogue: That's the consensus of supermodels and I Am Waters fans

By Shelby Hodge

Even a pride of sleek and gorgeous models from the pages of top fashion magazines could not dim the star power of the I Am Waters luncheon honoree — Lynn Wyatt ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Top American designers share secrets with creative crowd while host makes a quick getaway

By Shelby Hodge

Lucky the 50 design influentials who nabbed an invitation to the recent cocktail buffet at the home of design laureate Lauren Rottet. With two of the nation's leading interior ...


Dining With Purpose

Dine out at top restaurants in April and join the fight against child abuse

By Shelby Hodge

Only the day before the start of Child Abuse Prevention Month and the launch of Houston's Blue Plate Special fundraising efforts for that cause, news broke of the starving ...


Party Watch

Top toques are on their toes when cooking with Houston Ballet stars

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Ballet's Ballet Barre's "A Dinner in Five Acts." Where: Brennan's of Houston. The 411: Five chefs, five courses, five dancers — it was the recipe for ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Irreverent comedian Jim Belushi shakes up luncheon with laughs, but no backflips

By Shelby Hodge

While the serious mission of the day was to raise funds for Christus Foundation for HealthCare, the luncheon at River Oaks Country Club took on a somewhat irreverent tone once ...


Party Watch

Cheerleaders and young professionals sip suds and socialize at Spring Fling

By Shelby Hodge

What: Dress for Success' Women of Wardrobe ninth annual Spring Fling. Where: Taps House of Beer. The 411: More than 220 young professionals spent Saturday afternoon sipping suds and socializing ...


Pinstripes and Quail Bites

Yankees star chows down with the Bushes and Roger Clemens before big Astros season opener

By Shelby Hodge

We're not sure where the rest of the New York Yankees had lunch on the day of their season opener against the Astros, but we can tell you that ...


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