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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The Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka won the women's Super-G race at the Jeongseon Alpine Center by just 0.01, pulling off an upset at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"I just wanted to leave here satisfied with what I have done and I definitely am," Nathan Chen said, after rebounding from a rough short program to make a personal-best score in the men's free skate. Aris Messinis /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mikaela Shiffrin was in fourth place after her first run in the women's slalom at Yongpyong Alpine Center during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin won her second career gold medal and her first of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the women's giant slalom at the Yongpyong Alpine Center in South Korea. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images hide caption

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Iceland's Winter Olympics delegation has never produced a medal. The 2018 edition of the squad is seen here with their national flag at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony. Rob Schumacher/USA Today Sports/Reuters hide caption

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Windy conditions at the Yongpyong Alpine Center forced the delay of the women's slalom race. Here, team members and coaches are seen on the mountain as gusts of wind blew Wednesday morning. Stefano Rellandini/Reuters hide caption

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American luger Erin Hamlin wasn't able to repeat her medal win of 2014. Here, she gestures after her final run in the women's singles final at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Tuesday. Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gold medalist Jamie Anderson of the United States celebrates during the victory ceremony for the snowboard slopestyle, at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Cameron Spencer/Getty Images hide caption

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A Roundup Of The Winter Olympics So Far

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in, IOC president Thomas Bach, North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong greet players from the combined Koreas team on Saturday in Gangneung. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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