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 NPR.org.

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 SI.com, and editing and producing stories for CNN.com'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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Syrian Suicide Bomber Injures 12 In Southern Germany

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New analysis of stored samples taken from athletes at the Beijing and London Summer Olympics has turned up 45 cases of banned substances. Here, urine samples are recorded upon arriving at the China Anti-Doping Agency in Beijing in 2008. Robert F. Bukaty/AP hide caption

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The fate of Russia's athletes for this summer's Olympics is cast further into doubt by a new setback. Here, Russian coaches and athletes are seen at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Sergei Grits/AP hide caption

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Director Garry Marshall, shown at the film premiere of New Year's Eve in Hollywood in 2011, has died at 81. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Garry Marshall, A Master Of Comedy On TV And In Film, Dies At 81

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Volkswagen used six different "defeat devices" to purposefully skirt U.S. emissions rules, new lawsuits say. Here, VW cars are seen in a delivery tower in Wolfsburg, Germany, earlier this year. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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Russian athletes compete at track and field championships in Cheboksary on June 20. The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia's track and field team from the Summer Games for pervasive doping violations. The IOC on Tuesday put off a final decision on whether to bar the entire Russian team from the games that begin in Brazil on Aug. 5. Francesca Ebel/AP hide caption

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