I’m a freelance journalist in the Bay Area.  I also offer copywriting services (web copy, content writing, email newsletters, ghost blogging, print copy). Sometimes I tweet. You can reach me at shelbypope@cal.berkeley.edu and if you want occasional updates on what I’ve been writing and my current enthusiasms, subscribe to my newsletter.


The Best Place to Buy Your Whiskey is Actually the Duty Free.” (GQ) Pick up a bottle the next time you fly.
Cake: It’s Not Just For Breakfast” (Oakland Magazine) Debbie Goard, a former erotic baker, makes delicious cakes that look like eggs, sneakers, and bowls of ramen.

Some of my favorite 2016 pieces:

Believe it or not, pigeons aren’t half-bad as pets” (Washington Post) Why one Bay Area pigeon rescue is trying to rebrand “rats with wings” as the ideal pet.

Meet Bad Transfer, The Bus-Driving Rock Stars of Golden Gate Transit” (KQED) In 2006, a Golden Gate Transit bus driver got bored of watching ‘Judge Judy’ on his breaks between shifts and picked up a guitar — and the rest is rock ‘n’ roll history.

Jell-O Shots Grow Up” (Men’s Journal) The rise of fancy Jell-O shots, and how to make them at home.

The $30 Serum Reddit Is Obsessed With” (Racked) How the cheerful Asian Beauty subreddit inspired a cult product.

Can Pee-Resistant Paint Stop the Scourge of Public Urination?” (Mel) I learned about (and tried) walls painted with a hydrophobic coating in SF and Berkeley. I also learned the delightful German word for people who pee in public: wildpinklers.