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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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

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UA Global Campus brings more higher ed to Chandler, but there are plenty of questions

University of Arizona Global Campus is designed to bring online higher education to new constituencies, but the university's Faculty Senate isn't yet sold on 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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