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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‘I Choose Chandler’ initiative designed to boost city’s struggling businesses

The “I Choose Chandler” initiative supports city businesses by encouraging the public to patronize local firms, in turn amplifying the city's economy.

Task force inquires about Tempe PD recruitment, hiring, training practices

Tempe Public Safety Advisory Task Force looks into police practices during initial meeting on Oct. 13.

Retired Tempe police commander named interim chief of department

Retired Tempe Police Department Commander Jeff Glover has been named interim chief of the department.

Sports Complex among 2 Tempe sites selected for organic-maintenance trial

Tempe Sports Complex Field 1 is part of a new organic maintenance trial.

Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir agrees to resign, will leave position Oct. 25

Sylvia Moir wrote to her staff that she agreed to resign as Tempe police chief because she has the clear impression that city leaders want to take leadership in a new direction.

Human trafficking: The plight of being young, vulnerable and unloved

They’re young, confused, desperate and vulnerable. They’re usually from difficult home backgrounds that left them seeking something: love, affection, food, shelter, money. And there are people out there who can’t wait to prey upon them.

Honorees named for Tempe’s revered Don Carlos Awards

With his typical self-deprecating humor, Woody Wilson, the 37th recipient of the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award presented by Tempe Community Council, mused that at least his selection will not negatively impact attendance...

Iconic Union Pacific Bridge . . . Two Tempe notables remember its glory days before a devastating crash

Smoke billowing from last month’s derailment on the iconic Salt River Union Pacific Bridge was considerably heavier than what Harry Mitchell recalls from the steam locomotives that powered trains across it during his youth.

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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