Lee Shappell

Lee Shappell became a journalist because he didn’t become a rocket scientist! He exhausted the math courses available by his junior year in high school and earned early admission to Rice University, intending to take advantage of its relationship with the Johnson Space Center and become an aerospace engineer. But as a high school senior, needing a class to be eligible for sports with no more math available, he took student newspaper as a credit and was hooked. He studied journalism at the UofA and has been senior reporter, copy desk chief and managing editor at several Valley publications.
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New Angie’s Lobster in S. Tempe designed to follow Salad and Go playbook by emphasizing efficiency

By driving efficiency to the forefront of the operation, new South Tempe restaurant can serve lobster dinner for less than $10.

Lights! Camera! Emmys! Corona Film and TV students bring home 2 regional awards statues

Corona del Sol's award-winning Film and TV program benefits from having a full on-campus production studio for students to use.

Chandler thinks ‘inside the box’ with new signage as part of W. Chandler neighborhood branding

Chandler City Council approved $239,937 to buy nine signs that are being placed in strategic areas in West Chandler as part of a branding initiative.

THE CHANGING FACE OF DOWNTOWN CHANDLER . . . . . Agrarian to urban, sleepy to abuzz, area morphs

You don’t necessarily have to be over-served at one of the brew pubs or distilleries to feel a buzz in downtown Chandler these days.

Warner/McClintock neighborhood getting bistro-bar with patio this month after all

Freely Taproom & Kitchen plans to open a family-style restaurant and a full bar that features two-dozen tap beers at 1730 E. Warner Road, Suite 11, on Sept. 23. 

Gas pipe that should have been replaced years ago overlooked before print-shop explosion

“The cause of the leak and the subsequent explosion was premature degradation in a certain type of natural gas pipe (Driscopipe 8000)," Southwest Gas said in a statement.

20 YEARS LATER: Vivid memories come flooding back as we honor those lost in 9/11 attacks

Wranglernews.com Digital News Editor Lee Shappell reflects on the terrorist attacks on the U.S. two decades later.

Coyotes relying on coming to terms with Tempe for new arena and entertainment district

The ice on which the Coyotes skate isn’t getting any thicker, and if the Tempe deal falls through, their future in the Valley could go with it.

Lee Shappell

Lee Shappell became a journalist because he didn’t become a rocket scientist! He exhausted the math courses available by his junior year in high school and earned early admission to Rice University, intending to take advantage of its relationship with the Johnson Space Center and become an aerospace engineer. But as a high school senior, needing a class to be eligible for sports with no more math available, he took student newspaper as a credit and was hooked. He studied journalism at the UofA and has been senior reporter, copy desk chief and managing editor at several Valley publications.
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