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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Chandler man rolls the dice as new general manager at Harrah’s Ak-Chin

A sense of humor comes in handy, but being general manager of Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino is serious business for West Chandler's Mike Kintner.

2020: It was a train wreck

2020: It was a train wreck. Wrangler News looks back on a year in South Tempe and West Chandler that jumped the tracks with a pandemic, social and political unrest ... and an actual train wreck.

Family of West Chandler girl, 9, grateful for Christmas gift of life

Morgan Bell, 9, and her mother, Bridgette, of West Chandler, will have a joyous Christmas. Morgan survived peripheral T-cell lymphoma, a very rare and aggressive type of non Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood cancer. One in a million get it, making known treatments equally rare. Very few patients survive it. 

Brothers blessed when idea pops of year-round holiday spirit at their firms

In the seven years since creating Tempe-based Kettle Heroes, a kettle-popcorn business that seeks out everyday heroes to honor, as well as its next-door sister entity, Devoted Guardians, a medical home-care service, the Sinykin brothers have shown that success in business and having a heart as corporate citizens are not mutually exclusive.

If you think Broadway Curve traffic is bad now, 3-plus years of work coming

If you think bumper-to-bumper traffic is bad now on the Broadway Curve on Interstate 10 in Tempe, wait until the ADOT bulldozers and graders get there next summer for 3-plus years of reconstruction.

Chandler, Tempe ahead of governor in relaxing outdoor restaurant expansion

Chandler and Tempe were a step ahead of Gov. Doug Ducey when he announced his executive order Dec. 2 allowing restaurants to expand or create outdoor seating in an attempt to increase acceptable capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tempe business owner creates advocacy group to support police

True Blue Tempe, while not officially affiliated with the Tempe Police Department, is a group of businesses that support the police, advocating for respect for law and order and for a strong, well-trained, well-funded department.

Corona in elite Open Division playoffs

After Corona del Sol High finished the regular-season a perfect 8-0, the Aztecs were among eight teams awarded berths in the Arizona Open Division football playoffs.

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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