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Bill Chappell

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Bill Chappell is a writer and editor on the Newsdesk in the heart of NPR's newsroom in Washington, DC.

Chappell's work for NPR includes being the lead writer for online coverage of several Olympic Games, from London in 2012 and Rio in 2016 to Pyeongchang in 2018 – stints that also included posting numerous videos and photos to NPR's Instagram and other branded accounts. He has also previously been NPR.org's homepage editor.

Chappell established the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps on NPR's website; his assignments also include being the lead web producer for NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road. Chappell has coordinated special digital features for Morning Edition and Fresh Air, in addition to editing the rundown of All Things Considered. He also frequently contributes to other NPR blogs, such as The Salt.

At NPR, Chappell has trained both digital and radio staff to tell compelling stories, promoting more collaboration between departments and desks.

Chappell was a key editorial member of the small team that performed one of NPR's largest website redesigns. One year later, NPR.org won its first Peabody Award, along with the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award.

Prior to joining NPR, Chappell was part of the Assignment Desk at CNN International, working with reporters in areas from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. Chappell also edited and produced stories for CNN.com's features division, before moving on to edit video and produce stories for Sports Illustrated's website.

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

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The U.S. can prove that the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer destroyed one of Iran's drones, a senior Trump administration official says. Lance Cpl. Israel Chincio/11th Marine Expeditionary Unit hide caption

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USS Boxer Used Electronic Jamming To Take Down Iranian Drone, Pentagon Sources Say

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Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli must remain in prison for securities fraud, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday. Shkreli is seen here in 2017, speaking after the jury reached a verdict in his case in a federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Iran says its military seized a foreign oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. In this 2018 photo, a boat from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' naval force is seen in the Persian Gulf, near the strait. Jon Gambrell/AP hide caption

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The White House says the U.S. won't allow Turkey to buy the new Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II fighter jet, after Turkey defied its NATO allies by acquiring a sophisticated Russian missile defense system. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Joaquin Guzmán, also known as "El Chapo," was sentenced Wednesday to a life term in prison plus 30 years. After the sentencing in a Brooklyn courthouse, U.S. attorneys and other officials greeted the media, including Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexican Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Is Sentenced To Life Plus 30 Years In U.S. Prison

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An alligator that eluded capture for a week in a Chicago park is now in custody, officials announced Tuesday. The gator is seen here in an image provided by Chicago Animal Care and Control. Kelley Gandurski/AP hide caption

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The Bank of England's new 50-pound note will feature mathematician Alan Turing, honoring the code-breaker who helped lay the foundation for computer science. Bank of England hide caption

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Alan Turing, Computing Genius And WWII Hero, To Be On U.K.'s New 50-Pound Note

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Trump Administration Implementing '3rd Country' Rule On Migrants Seeking Asylum

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The storm surge from Tropical Storm Barry started pushing water into areas around Lake Pontchartrain Friday, as the storm slowly moved toward shore. Here, an SUV travels down Breakwater Drive near the Orleans Marina in New Orleans. The area is behind a flood wall that protects the rest of the city. Matthew Hinton/AP hide caption

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