Bill Chappell Bill Chappell is a writer and editor on the News Desk 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 News Desk in the heart of NPR's newsroom in Washington, D.C.

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'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, 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'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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Chicken hatcheries say they're seeing a spike in interest from people wanting to raise the birds at home. A poultry expert says that for the average person keeping half a dozen chickens in the summer, "you would get plenty of eggs for the family." Mike Segar/Reuters hide caption

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The Trump administration is telling 3M to prioritize the U.S. market for its N95 respirator masks during the global COVID-19 pandemic. The company has been accused of not doing enough to support the U.S. health care system and of fostering price gouging. Smith Collection/Gado via Getty Images hide caption

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A firefighter takes a moment to rest outside a temporary hospital in a conference center in Madrid, Spain, that was set up as an overflow area for COVID-19 patients. More than a million coronavirus cases are now reported worldwide, putting intense pressure on health and emergency workers. Sergio Perez/Reuters hide caption

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Prosecutors say the USNS Mercy, seen last week entering the Port of Los Angeles, was the target of a train engineer's unsuccessful attack on Tuesday. The derailed train slid to a halt more than 250 yards from the hospital ship. The Mercy was unharmed, and no one was injured. Mark J. Terrill/AP hide caption

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Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a cabinet meeting about the coronavirus via videoconference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow. Putin said more than 20,000 Russians are waiting to come back home amid the pandemic. Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin pool photo via AP hide caption

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A soldier walks past the Pantheon monument in central Rome on April 1, as Italy extends its lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 disease. The country has more than 110,000 coronavirus cases. Filippo Monteforte/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Cruise ships are docked at PortMiami on Tuesday. The U.S. Coast Guard has been working with cruise companies to bring people off of ships stricken with the coronavirus — but a new bulletin also says foreign-flagged ships should not rely on U.S. help. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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The Austin Public Health investigation centers around a group of students who traveled together to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Prisma by Dukas/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Dolly Parton will read children's books on a video stream once a week, drawing titles from her Imagination Library. She's seen here performing in Nashville, Tenn., in January. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images hide caption

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More than 20 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at the Soldiers' Home in Holyoke, including at least five deaths. The nursing facility is about 90 miles west of Boston. Google Maps/ Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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The U.S. Navy hospital ship Comfort is welcomed to New York City by Charlene Nickloan, waving a flag from the Matthew Buono war memorial in Staten Island, N.Y., on Monday. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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The International Olympic Committee has set firm dates for the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which are now set to start in July 2021. Here, a man walks past a banner promoting the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Sunday, after a late-season snow in Tokyo. Jae C. Hong/AP hide caption

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will self-isolate and continue to work in 10 Downing Street in London, announcing his positive test for the coronavirus. He's seen here Thursday night, joining in the U.K.'s national applause for health service workers who are helping to fight the coronavirus. Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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