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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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Monday

President Biden is rated highly in a survey of historians on presidential greatness — but he's in a tight election race with former President Donald Trump, who is ranked last. Jim Watson and Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Jim Watson and Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Friday

Alexei Navalny rose to fame in Russia with headline-grabbing investigations into corruption in the highest levels of President Vladimir Putin's regime. Navalny (right) is seen here at a court hearing in Moscow in March 2017. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP via Getty Images

Wednesday

Temu has soared in popularity since it launched in 2022. Here, a photo illustration shows the Temu app in an app store reflected in videos of Temu consumers in Washington, D.C. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Friday

It took Richard Plaud years, not to mention more than 700,000 matchsticks, to build his replica of the Eiffel Tower. The structure stands 7.19 meters, or a little taller than 23.5 feet. AGT/via Richard Plaud and @toureiffelallumettes/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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AGT/via Richard Plaud and @toureiffelallumettes/Screenshot by NPR

Wednesday

Gabby Douglas, seen here during her gold-medal campaign at the London 2012 Olympics, is eyeing a return to the highest levels of gymnastics: this summer's games in Paris. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images hide caption

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

An octopus named Oktavius swims in Berlin's Sealife aquarium, July 20, 2021, marking his first birthday. The young octopus' tentacles spanned about two meters. Paul Zinken/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Paul Zinken/AFP via Getty Images

Friday

Punxsutawney Phil is the most famous of the weather-predicting rodents that emerge on Groundhog Day — but in some areas, female groundhogs are the ones making the call. Jeff Swensen/Getty Images hide caption

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Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Wednesday

Have a seat on my couch: When the beloved children's character Elmo asked people how they were doing, the responses came from far beyond Sesame Street. Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Headspace hide caption

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Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Headspace

Tuesday

Neuralink has conducted its first surgical test of a brain implant, Elon Musk says. An example of the device, whose size has been compared to a coin and which has "threads" that connect to the brain, is seen here in a photo from the company's brochure. Neuralink/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Neuralink/Screenshot by NPR

Friday

A photo illustration created last July shows an advertisement to create AI girls reflected in a public service announcement issued by the FBI regarding malicious actors manipulating photos and videos to create explicit content and sextortion schemes. A boom in deepfake porn is outpacing U.S. and European efforts to regulate the technology. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Thursday

Foul-mouthed parrots at an animal park in England have become an attraction in their own right — but staff still do their best to shield young visitors from the birds' profanities. Lincolnshire Wildlife Park hide caption

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Lincolnshire Wildlife Park

Spanish soccer star Jenni Hermoso testified before a judge at the Audiencia Nacional court in Madrid on Jan. 2 about her interaction with Luis Rubiales, the disgraced former head of Spain's soccer federation. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP via Getty Images

Wednesday

Rep Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., seen here campaigning for former President Donald Trump in New Hampshire, recently said, "Of course I'd be honored — I've said that for a year — to serve in a future Trump administration in any capacity." Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Monday

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) shut down its moon lander days after its historic arrival due to power concerns. Here, JAXA's leaders brief the media about the successful moon mission, and a problem with the lander's solar cell Friday. JIJI PRESS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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JIJI PRESS/AFP via Getty Images

Friday

An Oct. 21, 2022, photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Scott Peterson. The convicted murderer's case is now being taken up by the Los Angeles Innocence Project. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP hide caption

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California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP

Thursday

Staff of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) watch a live stream of the moon landing by the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM) spacecraft at JAXA's Sagamihara Campus near Tokyo. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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Eugene Hoshiko/AP

Tuesday

Monday

Brady Reinagel shovels snow before the AFC Wild Card playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers at Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, N.Y. The Bills hired local residents to help clear snow from the stadium before Monday's game. Sarah Stier/Getty Images hide caption

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Sarah Stier/Getty Images

Friday

Hundreds of people are buried in numbered graves in a pauper's graveyard near the Hinds County Detention Center and Hinds County Penal Farm. Families say their loved ones were buried there without notice. Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR

A plastic sheet covers part of the fuselage of an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 Max 9 at Portland International Airport on Jan. 8. NTSB investigators are trying to learn why the aircraft suffered a midair fuselage blowout last Friday. Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Getty Images hide caption

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Mathieu Lewis-Rolland/Getty Images

Monday

The Washington Huskies, seen here celebrating with the trophy after beating the Texas Longhorns in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, quickly rebuilt its roster by using transfers and players from out of state — particularly California. Sean Gardner/Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

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A look back at some of the NPR stories that were the most read online

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