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Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell

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Bill Chappell is a writer, reporter 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), and has been the lead editor for several others. This work focused on finding the human aspect of the Games — and sharing that fascination through text, video and images on NPR's Instagram and other branded accounts.

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.

At NPR, Chappell has trained digital and radio staff in how to tell compelling stories online, promoting more collaboration between departments and desks. He was previously NPR.org's homepage editor, and has 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.

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Fat Bear candidate 128 Grazer is approximately 17-19 years old. She has a light coat in the spring that darkens in the fall, but she keeps her distinctive fluffy blonde ears. Lian Law/NPS Photo hide caption

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Lian Law/NPS Photo

A walleye fishing tournament in Ohio was the scene of outrage when egg-shaped lead weights were found in fish. The two-person team who submitted them had the heaviest catch, before they were disqualified. This file photo shows a fish that's not involved in the scandal. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Tropical Storm Ian will regain some of the power it lost passing over land as it, returning to hurricane status later Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center. It's seen here shortly before noon ET. NOAA/NESDIS/STAR hide caption

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Hurricane Ian's forecast track has fluctuated — but storm experts warn that people shouldn't be preoccupied with the exact location of landfall, given the wide and dangerous impacts of a large storm. Esri, HERE, Garmin, FAO, NOAA, USGS hide caption

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Esri, HERE, Garmin, FAO, NOAA, USGS

Magnus Carlsen says he will not play Hans Niemann again because he believes Niemann "has cheated more — and more recently — than he has publicly admitted." Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images hide caption

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Hurricane Ian's center is approaching western Cuba and the storm is expected to move toward Florida, triggering a series of alerts and flood warnings. This satellite image was captured shortly after 2 p.m. ET Monday. NOAA/NESDIS/STAR hide caption

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A picture obtained by AFP outside Iran shows shows a demonstrator raising his arms and makes the victory sign in Tehran on Monday during a protest for Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic's morality police. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Magnus Carlsen (left) and Hans Niemann face off at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis on Sept. 4. The two had a rematch on Monday, but Carlsen only played one move before resigning from the game. Crystal Fuller/Grand Chess Tour hide caption

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Crystal Fuller/Grand Chess Tour

Mourners watch Queen Elizabeth's hearse as it drives along the Long Walk on Monday in Windsor, England. The committal service at Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel took place following the state funeral at Westminster Abbey. A private burial in the King George VI Memorial Chapel followed. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images hide caption

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This image provided by the National Hurricane Center and Central Pacific Hurricane Center/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a satellite view of Alaska on Friday. On the outlying Adak Island, wind gusts reached 75 mph. NOAA via AP hide caption

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NOAA via AP