Bill Chappell Bill Chappell is a writer and producer who currently works on NPR's Newsdesk, in the heart of the newroom. In the past, he has worked with Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and other shows.

Bill Chappell

Reporter, Producer

Bill Chappell is a writer and producer on the Newsdesk, in the heart of NPR's newsroom in Washington, D.C.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to being the lead writer and editor for online coverage of several Olympic Games, from London 2012 to Pyeongchang 2018. 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 the past, Chappell 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.

In 2009, Chappell was a key editorial member of the small team that redesigned NPR's web site. One year later, 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, Chappell was part of 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 on major events.

Chappell's work for CNN included editing digital video and producing web stories for He also edited and produced 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, Chappell attended graduate school for English Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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Gold medalist figure skater Alina Zagitova, who competed as an Olympic athlete from Russia, heard the Olympic anthem as she stood on the podium for her medal ceremony. Eric Gaillard/Reuters hide caption

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U.S. curling skipper John Shuster led the Americans to a 10-7 victory in their gold medal game against Sweden at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian girls stand next to photos of Russia's President Vladimir Putin during the opening of the Sports House, set up to support the Russian delegation of the 2018 Winter Olympics, in Gangneung on Feb. 9. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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The U.S. women's hockey players celebrate winning gold medals in the women's final ice hockey game against Canada at the Gangneung Hockey Center during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Valery Sharifulin/TASS/Getty Images hide caption

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Jessica Diggins (left) and Kikkan Randall celebrate winning their gold medal in the women's cross-country team sprint free final at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Randall, 35, is retiring from Olympic sports after the games. Odd Andersen /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chris Bourque of the United States misses a shot on Czech goalie Pavel Francouz in a penalty shootout that ended their quarterfinals match at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The Czech Republic won, 3-2. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images hide caption

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Bronze medalist Lindsey Vonn, right, celebrates on the podium with gold medalist Sofia Goggia of Italy, center, and silver medalist Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway, after the women's downhill in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Tom Pennington/Getty Images hide caption

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A robot sweeps the floor at the main press center at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images hide caption

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Aleksandr Krushelnitckii, seen here competing with his teammate and wife Anastasia Bryzgalova, has tested positive for a banned substance, the Olympic Athletes from Russia says. The pair won a bronze medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images hide caption

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