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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TRAVEL ALERT: I-10 to close in both directions Friday through Monday from Loop 202 to U.S. 60

Have your sedative handy: It’s going to be another dicey weekend on Tempe and West Chandler-area freeways as continuing work brings restrictions and closures.

Tempe Streetcar to roll out May 20 with no fare charge to passengers during opening year

The long-awaited, nearly $200 million, 3-mile-long Tempe Streetcar system, intended to create a more-connected downtown, debuts May 20, and riders get a free ride during its opening year. .

The changing face of Warner Road: From I-10 to the 101, busy S. Tempe thruway getting face lift

Warner Road carries more than 30,000 vehicles a day across South Tempe and the daily pounding took a toll on the 5-mile stretch from Interstate 10 on the west to Loop 101 on the east.

Debut of Freely Taproom and Kitchen a happy accident for neighbors longing for hangout

It took some time, but everybody won with the opening of Freely Taproom & Kitchen at Warner Road and McClintock Drive in Tempe.

Police detective shares tips to combat recent ‘crimes of opportunity’ at area businesses

Tempe Police Detective Ryan Cook says crimes of opportunity against small businesses often are preventable by securing the outside of the building.

Civic-minded Diablos regroup after funding from Cactus League disrupted for 3rd year in a row

The Diablos derive a significant chunk of their annual revenue from Major League Baseball’s Cactus League games at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

First Lady touts Intel’s ‘getting rid of barriers’ with inclusive new training plan during her visit

Jill Biden toured the Intel Ocotillo Campus on the Price Corridor in Chandler, touting the semiconductor giant’s partnership with community colleges to train workers.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: For West Alley BBQ owner, mentoring is a continuum that’s rooted in family

Christian Brantley's success as a businessman and entrepreneur is the perfect platform from which to mentor young people, just as his father once did for him.

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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