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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

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'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's features division.

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Rescued chickens gather in an aviary at Farm Sanctuary's Southern California Sanctuary on Oct. 5 in Acton, Calif. A wave of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu has entered Southern California, driven by wild bird migration. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Monkeypox is getting a new name: mpox. Here, monkeypox virus particles (orange) are seen within an infected cell (green), after being cultured in a laboratory. The image was produced by a colorized transmission electron micrograph. NIH-NIAID/IMAGE POINT FR/BSIP/Universal Images Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Mexico's defender Edson Alvarez (right) fouls Brazil's forward Neymar during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between Brazil and Mexico at the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia on July 2, 2018. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Candles and flowers are left at a memorial honoring four slain University of Idaho students at the Mad Greek restaurant in Moscow, Idaho, on Tuesday. Two of the victims, Madison Mogen, 21, and Xana Kernodle, 20, were servers at the restaurant. Nicholas K. Geranios/AP hide caption

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Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton is the latest celebrity to receive a $100 million gift from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, to be used for charitable purposes. Parton is seen here at the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles. Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) arrives for a news conference with members of the House Freedom Caucus on Capitol Hill in September. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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The Boston Bruins have cut ties with Mitchell Miller after current players and the NHL spoke out against Miller's signing. Miller admitted to bullying a Black classmate with developmental disabilities when he was 14. Eldon Holmes/Tri-City Storm hide caption

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Every state except Hawaii and Arizona currently observes daylight saving time. But each year, more states say it's time to stop futzing with the clock and embrace daylight saving time year-round. Anna Blazhuk/Getty Images hide caption

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An image shows the first page of the first printing of the final text of the U.S. Constitution. The rare document will go up for auction in December, Sotheby's announced on Tuesday. Courtesy Sotheby's hide caption

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