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About Ramona Shelburne


By Cameron Neimand

Ramona Shelburne was born on July 19th, 1979 in Santa Monica, California. She was raised in the San Fernando Valley, graduating from El Camino Real High School of Woodland Hills in 1997. That same year, Shelburne, who played both softball and soccer in high school, was named the 1997 L.A. City Co-Player of the Year for softball. After high school, Ramona went onto play college softball at Stanford, where she also wrote for the Stanford Daily.

Shelburne began working for the Los Angeles Daily News as a sports columnist in 2002. She worked at the publication for seven years, meeting mentors like Howard Beck, who currently works as a senior writer for Bleacher Report. In 2009, Shelburne left the Daily News and began working for ESPN.

As a sports columnist and TV personality for ESPN based in Los Angeles, Shelburne has covered everything from the Donald Sterling saga to the Kobe Bryant farewell tour. Currently, she holds the title of Senior Writer, often reporting on the two Los Angeles professional basketball teams.

Throughout her career, Shelburne has made several appearances on various sports television programs like “Mike & Mike,” “The Jump” and “Jim Rome is Burning”. Shelburne also appears on Around the Horn and SportsCenter.

In 2014, Shelburne was a first-place winner in the Professional Basketball Writers Association Best Writing Contest. She won the “Breaking News” category for her coverage of Shelly Sterling’s sale of the Los Angeles Clippers. Three of Shelburne’s articles, stories on Ronda Rousey, DeAndre Jordan, and Lamar Odom, were mentioned in Sports Illustrated’s “Best Journalism of 2015.”

Currently, Shelburne lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Nevin Barich, a former sports journalist who works as a Food and Beverage Analyst for Industry Intelligence Inc.