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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Profile: Corey Woods . . . City’s new mayor offers his vision for the future

“I think what our city needs now more than ever is someone who can build a coalition of diverse people and bring them to the table in an open, honest way to discuss some of our toughest topics."

Little ‘normal’ as high schools kick off 2021 sports season

High school football practice fields across Tempe and Chandler look like boom towns gone bust after the oil ran dry. School gyms are locked, the volleyball nets still in storage closets. Running trails...

Tempe council to keep police at full funding, despite protest march

When the Tempe City Council approved its 2020-21 fiscal-year budget on June 11, full funding for the Police Department remained despite efforts by several groups that banded together and marched on City...

Grads stymied by shrinking job market

Rob Hartland decided to put the hammer down and complete his sustainability degree from Arizona State University in three years.

Can it happen here? An exclusive interview with Tempe’s top cop

In an exclusive interview with Wrangler News, Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir discussed police officers' use of force, racial discrimination and how the Tempe police department is navigating the current crisis rocking the country. 

Chandler’s nearly $1 billion budget open for public review

Chandler is proposing a 2.8 percent decrease in its annual budget for fiscal 2020-21 from the current year as it moves into the final phase of adoption amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic creates ‘tsunami’ waiting to happen for state foster-care system

By Lee Shappell In the best of times, securing safe, nurturing homes and support for the more than 14,000 children in Arizona’s foster-care system is a challenge. During a pandemic, nonprofit foster-care support agencies...

Lots of agreement, not much debate in candidate matchup

Story and photos by Lee Shappell For anyone hoping to glean what separates those running for Tempe City Council and mayor in the March 10 election, a candidates forum at Tempe History Museum was...

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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