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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Ryan Lochte competes in the men's 200-meter individual medley final at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Aug. 11. A couple of days later, he reported he had been robbed at a local gas station — a story that turned out to be false. Now Speedo, one of his major sponsors, says it's dropping him. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption

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Claressa Maria Shields of the U.S. celebrates her gold medal win over Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands in the women's middleweight bout at Riocentro, on the last day of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Alex Livesey/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the "Final Five" — U.S. gymnasts Laurie Hernandez, Simone Biles, Madison Kocian, Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman — will go on tour together when they return to the U.S. Harry How/Getty Images hide caption

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Neymar of Brazil is surrounded by teammates as he celebrates scoring the first goal in the men's soccer final against Germany at Rio's Maracana Stadium. Neymar made the crucial penalty kick that won the game for Brazil. Buda Mendes/Getty Images hide caption

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After losing his gold medal match on a split decision, U.S. boxer Shakur Stevenson was visibly distraught. The gold medal went to his opponent in the bantam (56kg) final: Robeisy Ramirez of Cuba. Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images hide caption

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Men's 4x100m relay teammates Tyson Gay, Justin Gatlin and Michael Rodgers react after being disqualified from the race at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro Friday. Pedro Ugarte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Tyson Gay Discusses The Men's Relay

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In this surveillance video frame released by Brazilian police, swimmers from the U.S. Olympic team appear with Ryan Lochte (right) at a gas station last weekend. A top Brazil police official said the swimmers damaged property at the gas station. Brazil Police/AP hide caption

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Sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after crossing the finish line to win the mens 200m final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium Thursday night. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images hide caption

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Tianna Bartoletta competes in a rerun for the U.S. team in the women's 4x100m relay at the Olympic Games on Thursday. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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