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Bill Chappell

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Bill Chappell is a correspondent and editor, and a leader on NPR's flagship digital news team. He has frequently contributed to NPR's audio and social media platforms, including hosting dozens of live shows online.

He has gone to two Olympics for NPR (Rio and Pyeongchang), focusing on finding the human aspect of sports — and sharing that fascination through text, video and images on NPR's Instagram and other branded accounts. He was also the lead editor for several other Olympic Games.

Because of his contributions, Chappell is also named on NPR's Peabody-award winning team for its Ebola coverage. Years ago, he established the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps' presence on NPR.org, which separately won a Webby Award.

At NPR, Chappell has trained digital and radio staff in how to tell compelling stories online, facilitating collaboration between departments and desks. He was previously NPR.org's homepage editor, and has frequently worked with shows such as Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and All Things Considered.

Prior to NPR, Chappell was an editor on the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling coverage in areas from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. He also edited and produced stories for CNN.com's features division, and edited video for the CNN Sports Illustrated venture.

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Friday

The U.S. market for domestic mail delivery is by far the largest in the world, and a recent report found its prices are very low compared to other developed countries. The U.S. Postal Service said this week that it wants to raise rates in July. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Forever Stamp is forever rising in price. How does the U.S. cost compare globally?

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Monday

People visit a NASA information booth to grab solar eclipse glasses in Russellville, Arkansas. The space agency has debunked a number of myths about the total solar eclipse — including ideas about food going bad, or unborn babies being harmed. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Saturday

Pinhole shadows show crescent shapes in 2019 as the moon moves in front of the sun — one of several unique phenomena we can see during a solar eclipse. Louis Kwok/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

Wednesday

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice during warmups before an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 25, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. Reed Hoffmann/AP hide caption

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LSU's Angel Reese, left, and Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, center, called their Elite Eight game a great event for their sport. Millions of viewers agreed, launching the contest to the top of ESPN's ratings. Hans Pennink/AP hide caption

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Tuesday

Chad Daybell listens during a court hearing in 2022. His trial on murder, conspiracy and fraud charges related to outlandish claims about zombies and the end of days is under way in Boise, Idaho. Tony Blakeslee/EastIdahoNews.com via AP, Pool hide caption

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Saturday

"One second doesn't sound like much, but in today's interconnected world, getting the time wrong could lead to huge problems," geophysicist Duncan Agnew says. Here, an official clock is seen at a golf tournament in Cape Town, South Africa. Johan Rynners/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

For the first time, we're seeing the Sagittarius A* black hole in polarized light. The Event Horizon Telescope collaboration says the image offers a new look at "the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole" at the center of the Milky Way. EHT Collaboration hide caption

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EHT Collaboration

Monday

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Sylvester Stallone hangs a pair of pink boxing gloves on a portrait of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woman of Leadership Award in 2022, as Julie Opperman, chair of the Dwight D. Opperman Foundation, looks on. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation hide caption

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Friday

A photo from the National Transportation Safety Board shows seats that were near the door plug expelled from a Boeing 737 Max 9 in flight. Seats 26A and 26B were unoccupied — a fact that helped prevent the incident from being worse, officials said. NTSB hide caption

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Thursday

Baseball star Shohei Ohtani (right) and his interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara (left), are seen in the dugout in the 2024 MLB Seoul Series game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers have fired Mizuhara after Ohtani's representatives claimed he was the victim of "a massive theft." Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Alabama lawmakers approved a bill barring public colleges and other entities from using money to support diversity, equity and inclusion programs. Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill on Jan. 24. "We have confidence in the safety of our airplanes," Calhoun says. "And that's what all of this is about. We fully understand the gravity." Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Paul Alexander, who held a Guinness World Record for living the longest with the help of an iron lung, has died. Here, medical staff stand among iron lung machines in an emergency polio ward at Haynes Memorial Hospital in Boston, Mass., on Aug. 16, 1955, when the city's polio epidemic hit a high of 480 cases. AP hide caption

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Tuesday

Boeing 787 Dreamliners are built at the aviation company's North Charleston, S.C., assembly plant in 2023. John Barnett had alleged that Boeing's manufacturing practices had declined and that managers pressured workers not to document potential defects and problems. Juliette Michel/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Monday

Kate, Princess of Wales, says she edited a photo that seemed to promise to ease concerns about her health — but only raised new questions. She's seen here greeting the public on Christmas Day, last December. Stephen Pond/Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

Alec Baldwin, seen here talking to police after a fatal shooting on the Rust movie set in 2021, faces a felony criminal trial in New Mexico this summer. This image is from video released by the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office. Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office via AP hide caption

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Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office via AP

Thursday

This combination of photos provided by the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday shows cinnamon products sold in U.S. discount stores which contain elevated levels of lead. U.S. Food and Drug Administration via AP hide caption

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration via AP

Wednesday

Jason Palmer, a relatively unknown Democratic presidential candidate, won the Democratic primary in American Samoa. He's seen here in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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A file photo from 2008 shows a gurney in Huntsville, Texas, where inmates received lethal injections of drugs. Eight people were executed in Texas in 2023. The state policies mention a "drug team," who are not employees of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Pat Sullivan/AP hide caption

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Monday

Thursday

Thin Mints and Samoas are perennial bestselling Girl Scout Cookies, but Adventurefuls, Lemon-ups and Do-si-Do cookies also have die-hard fans. Bill Chappell/NPR hide caption

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