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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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.

Unintentional natural-gas leak ruled cause of W. Chandler print-shop blast

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Chandler Police Department ruled Aug. 31 that an unintentional natural-gas leak caused the Aug. 26 explosion at Platinum Printing in West Chandler.

Pastor, people, politics: The 3 ‘P’s’ to prosperity for Chandler Mayor Hartke

In Part 2 of an exclusive interview, wranglernews.com looks at Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke the politician, his views on West Chandler, light rail, the Price Corridor, and his own political survival and future.

Council member Arredondo-Savage will not seek re-election for 4th term

Robin Arredondo-Savage announced Saturday that she will not seek re-election after 12 years on Tempe City Council.

Wild Horse Pass comes up loser on fair, but winner on high-stakes tables

Arizona State Fair is not coming to Wild Horse Pass this fall after all, and you can bet on it -- and there are other things you can now bet on at Wild Horse Pass, including high-stakes table games.

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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