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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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It's in the Bag

Three-time Oscar winner roars into Houston to show off her new creative passion: High-end purses

By Shelby Hodge

With three Oscars in hand, 11 nominations under her belt and three movies in progress, costume designer extraordinaire Colleen Atwood would hardly seem positioned to launch into a new area ...


Million Dollar Success

A $1.4 million debut: Hot TV star & Tracy McGrady help a first-time Houston fundraiser for vets pull in big bucks

By Shelby Hodge

Founded by graduates of West Point in honor of  Col. John “Johnny Mac” McHugh, killed in action in Afghanistan in 2010, the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund made its first foray ...


Party Watch

Houston men's fashion legend opens his doors for art and a life-altering cause

By Shelby Hodge

What: ArtFest 2015 benefiting the Will Erwin Headache Research Foundation. Where: Norton Ditto. The 411: Local artists joined forces with Norton Ditto owner Dick Hite to help raise funds for ...


Disco Party Fever

Craziest office party ever: Disco skaters give out Jello shots, a reverend's chainsaw roars & a top band jams

By Shelby Hodge

It was throwback Thursday on a recent Saturday night when KC and the Sunshine Band rolled into H-Town to help PFS Group (Patient Financial Services) celebrate the firm's 10th ...


Dining Out for Good

Big turnout launches "Blue Plate Special" month targeting efforts to end child abuse

By Shelby Hodge

Since founding The Thread Alliance three years ago, Sheila Aron has single-handedly grown the non-profit that targets child abuse into a meaningful organization that each April highlights National Child Abuse ...


Party Watch

Houston's legal power couple receives a huge honor — and lawyers turn out in force to celebrate

By Shelby Hodge

What: Anti-Defamation League Jurisprudence Award honorees named. Where: The Menil Collection. The 411:  Melanie Gray of Winston & Strawn, and Mark Wawro of Susman Godfrey not only share home and family ...


Party Watch

Teen who inspired heartbreaking movie remembered as a difference maker in powerful Houston lunch

By Shelby Hodge

What: Houston Hospice "Butterfly Luncheon." Where: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa. The 411: Guest speakers Lori and Wayne Earl shared the story of the loss of their 16-year-old daughter, Esther ...


Getting 10 Percent Happier

Major TV news anchor opens up on panic attacks and self help that actually works in River Oaks

By Shelby Hodge

As co-anchor of ABC's Nightline and the weekend edition of ABC's Good Morning America, Dan Harris isn't the sort of guy that you would expect to have ...


Police Party

Young professionals salute Houston police at party with K-9s, chief and bullet-proof gear

By Shelby Hodge

What: An Evening With the Houston Police Department. Where: Vallone's at Gateway Memorial City. The 411: Young professionals filled the party room at the Memorial area steakhouse for a ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Circus carnival gala with stilt walkers, jugglers and carousel horses raises $700,000 for Covenant House

By Shelby Hodge

You won't meet a more fun-loving, civic-minded trio than Cheryl Bobbit, Angela James and Jo Ann Petersen. As chairs of Convenant House Texas' "Circus Carnivale" gala, they proved their ...


Party Watch

Legendary comedian cracks up crowd with classic TV salute at benefit luncheon

By Shelby Hodge

What: CHRISTUS Foundation for Healthcare annual spring luncheon. Where: The Hilton-Americas Houston. The 411: As guest speaker, funny man Bob Newhart regaled the gathering of 800 with tales of his ...


Walking With The Stars

Heartthrob Hollywood actor lights up the catwalk, but kids steal the show

By Shelby Hodge

Heartthrob actor Mario Lopez winged into Houston to do a big favor for supporters of Boys & Girls Harbor. He donned the latest in men's fashions from Lucho, took the ...


Roaring Party

This roaring party brings a crazy old dance back: Can you handle it?

By Shelby Hodge

We love the creativity that goes into every Mercury performance and love even more how the "orchestra redefined" regularly transforms the annual gala concept into something special. Case in point ...


Party Watch

Big cats prowl a Museum District home for endangered species gala: Bringing the fight home for wildlife supporters

By Shelby Hodge

What: An afternoon in support of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. Where: The Museum District home of Katie and Nick Johnson. The 411: Two of the beautiful big cats, on leashes ...


Party Watch

Houston's most treasured leaders: Former First Lady and extraordinary minister honored at powerful lunch

By Shelby Hodge

What: Center for Houston's Future annual Future of Leadership Luncheon. Where: Hilton Americas-Houston. The 411: Barbara Bush and the Rev. William Lawson were celebrated as "two of the region ...


Garden Delights

A little River Oaks garden party produces a crazy $700,000 windfall: Only in Houston

By Shelby Hodge

From the moment that Bayou Bend Garden Party chairs Carol and Mike Linn learned that Houston was once referred to as the "Magnolia City," they focused on that 1870s moniker ...


Gotta Wear Shades

The most expensive sunglasses in the world are shown off in Houston to fawning international A-listers

By Shelby Hodge

While Jay Z was the first to order a diamond-studded gold bead bracelet from Shamballa, we will have to wait until May to see who picks up on the Danish ...


A Tasteful Tribute To Fallen Chef

Rising star chef who died far too young is honored by Houston's top restaurant talent: An emotional night

By Shelby Hodge

It is no small thing when seven chefs walk away from their kitchens on a Saturday night in order to provide a culinary tribute to one of their own. Yet ...


Party Watch

Hot young professionals party under the throes of crawfish fever: Just can't wait for big mudbug night

By Shelby Hodge

What: Friends of St. Jude spring happy hour. Where: Prohibition Supperclub & Bar. The 411: This young professionals group just couldn't wait until their May 2 crawfish boil to start ...


Over The Rainbow

A Yellow Brick Road to serious cash: Oz gala sets fundraising record, delights with whirlwind whimsy

By Shelby Hodge

All it took was a yellow brick road, the wizardry of Willie Chiang and the fairy godmother generosity of Occidental Petroleum to take the Society for the Performing Arts gala ...


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