Shirley Halperin has made a name for herself as an established magazine editor, writer and frequent TV commentator. She is the author of "Pot Culture: The A-Z Guide to Stoner Language and Life" (released on 4/20/2008 and currently in its ninth printing) and also a regular contributor to highly regarded media outlets such as Rolling Stone, the Los Angeles Times and VH1.
Her journalism career began at High Times magazine, where she interned while attending college then joined the staff in 1999, first as photo editor and later as Managing Editor. During her tenure, Shirley helped book covers with pot-centric subjects like Ozzy Osbourne, Phish and Cypress Hill.
In 2002, Shirley joined Us Weekly and truly refined her pop culture skills both as Music Editor and Entertainment Editor. She continued to apply her left-of-center ideas to a mainstream audience at Entertainment Weekly, where she worked from 2006 to 2008.
A broad knowledge of celebrity coupled with her bubbly personality made Shirley a natural fit for television and it wasn’t long after her hiring at Us that she started popping up all over MTV, E! and VH1. From The E! True Hollywood Story: Britney Spears to VH1’s Awesomely Bad Videos, there are few topics Shirley hasn’t talked about. Beyond music, Shirley, along with Pot Culture coauthor Steve Bloom, appeared on Bravo’s 100 Funniest Movies of All Time, where she discussed, among other things, classic stoner movies.
Shirley and Steve's second collaboration, "Reefer Movie Madness: The Ultimate Stoner Film Guide" (Abrams Image) is scheduled for release on October 1, 2010. She is based in Los Angeles.