Bill Chappell Bill Chappell is a writer and editor on the Newsdesk in the heart of NPR's newsroom in Washington, DC.
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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 WHO says the current Ebola outbreak is an emergency in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the region — but not on the international level. Here, people arriving from the DRC on Friday wash their hands with chlorinated water to prevent the spread of infection at the Mpondwe border crossing in western Uganda. Ronald Kabuubi/AP hide caption

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California's new marijuana laws clearly state that cannabis is not illegal to possess in prison, an appeals court rules, in a new legal wrinkle to marijuana's changing status. Here, cannabis is seen for sale at a West Hollywood store. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters hide caption

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A picture obtained from Iranian News Agency ISNA on Thursday shows fire and smoke billowing from Norwegian-owned Front Altair tanker said to have been attacked in the waters of the Gulf of Oman. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chris Froome crashed heavily during a training ride Wednesday, leaving him badly injured and unable to compete in the upcoming Tour de France. Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings speaks to reporters early Thursday in Memphis, Tenn., after armed officers and an angry crowd faced off late Wednesday night after officers with the U.S. Marshals Service shot and killed a man while trying to take him into custody. Adrian Sainz/AP hide caption

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Deah Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, were killed in February of 2015. Courtesy of Our Three Winners hide caption

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Uganda has reported its first death from Ebola. Here, a health worker takes a woman's temperature at a border crossing between Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo, part of an effort to screen for Ebola and prevent its spread. Al-hadji Kudra Maliro/AP hide caption

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Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov was freed days after he was accused of attempting to sell drugs. He's seen here inside the defendants' cage during a court hearing Saturday in Moscow. Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The University of Alabama's law school sign was changed on Friday after the university decided to return the largest single donation it has ever received. The move followed a dispute with donor Hugh Culverhouse Jr. Blake Paterson/AP hide caption

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University Of Alabama Releases Emails Regarding Donor's Rejected Gift

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University of Alabama employees remove the name of Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. from its law school's sign in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday, after the board of trustees voted to return $21.5 million to longtime donor Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr. Blake Paterson/AP hide caption

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Two images released by the U.S. Navy show the U.S. Navy cruiser USS Chancellorsville (right) and the Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov as they nearly collide in the Philippine Sea on Friday. U.S. Navy / Composite by NPR hide caption

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U.S. Navy: Russian Warship's 'Unsafe' Move Nearly Caused Collision With Cruiser

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Military vehicles sit alongside Route 293 in New York, near the area where a personnel vehicle reportedly overturned. One cadet died in the accident, West Point says. Allyse Pulliam/AP hide caption

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Former nurse Niels Högel was found guilty of killing patients in his care by injecting them with drugs and then trying to resuscitate them. He's seen here in court, awaiting his verdict in Oldenburg, Germany. Hauke-Christian Dittrich/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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