Bill Chappell

Reporter, Producer

Bill Chappell is a writer and producer who currently works on The Two Way, NPR's flagship news portal. In the past, he has edited and coordinated digital features for Morning Edition and Fresh Air, in addition to editing the rundown of All Things Considered. He frequently contributes to other NPR blogs, such as All Tech Considered and The Salt.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to being the lead writer and editor on the London 2012 Olympics blog, The Torch. His assignments have included being the lead web producer for NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road, as well as establishing the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps on

In 2009, Chappell was a key editorial member of the small team that redesigned NPR's web site. One year later, the site won its first Peabody Award, along with the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award.

At NPR, Chappell has trained both digital and radio staff to use digital tools to tell compelling stories, in addition to "evangelizing" — promoting more collaboration between legacy and digital departments.

Prior to joining NPR in late 2003, Chappell worked on the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling coverage in areas from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, and coordinating CNN's pool coverage out of Qatar during the Iraq war.

Chappell's work for CNN also included producing Web stories and editing digital video for, and editing and producing stories for's features division.

Before joining CNN, Chappell wrote about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies, in addition to his first job: editing the police blotter.

A holder of bachelor's degrees in English and History from the University of Georgia, he attended graduate school for English Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says his city filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its move to pull federal funds over immigration law enforcement. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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China's President Xi Jinping will visit President Trump in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6 and 7. Xi is seen here during meetings in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing earlier this week. Lintao Zhang/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has been sentenced to a two-year prison term. He's seen here arriving at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Courthouse for Wednesday's hearing. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images hide caption

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For next year's Winter Olympics in South Korea, NBC will broadcast the action live to American TV audiences from the Gangneung Curling Centre and other venues. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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Toshiba Corp. President Satoshi Tsunakawa bows during a press conference at the company's headquarters in Tokyo on Wednesday. Toshiba says its American nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric has filed for bankruptcy protection. Shizuo Kambayashi/AP hide caption

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British Ambassador to the EU Tim Barrow (left) delivers Prime Minister Theresa May's formal notice of the U.K.'s intention to leave the bloc to European Council President Donald Tusk in Brussels on Wednesday. Anadolu Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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Craft breweries now account for 5,234 of 5,301 U.S. beer makers, according to an industry group's annual tally. Here, Danielle Coons, the tasting room ambassador at D.L. Geary Brewing Co. serves a beer in Portland, Maine, last November. Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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Local officials are promising a legal fight in the face of a block on grants from the Justice Department over immigration enforcement. Here, protesters pray outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in New York City this month. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Elon Musk has started a new company called Neuralink, in what's widely seen as a bid to add a symbiotic computer layer to the human brain. Susana Gonzalez/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Large German bank KfW says it quickly recovered money it had mistakenly sent to four other banks. Here, one of its Berlin offices is seen in a 2015 photo. ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images hide caption

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Activists Chu Yiu-ming, left, and Chan Kin-man gesture to supporters as they report to be arrested at a police station in Hong Kong. Police say the men and other Umbrella Movement activists will be charged over mass protests that took place in 2014. Jayne Russell/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Stone Brewing's Full Circle Pale Ale — not seen in this photo — was made with water from an advanced filtration system that recycles and purifies San Diego's wastewater. This image was taken at the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens. Mark Boster/LA Times via Getty Images hide caption

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Gov. Gary Herbert resisted recent calls to veto a bill giving Utah the strictest DUI threshold in the country, lowering the blood alcohol limit to .05 percent, down from .08 percent. Last week, demonstrators on both sides of the issue visited the Utah State Capitol. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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