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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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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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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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In 1993, Queen Elizabeth II and her heir, then-Prince Charles, reached a deal with the government in which they agreed to voluntarily pay taxes — but to be exempt from an inheritance tax. Mother and son are seen here in 2019 in London. Paul Edwards /WPA Pool / Getty Images hide caption

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Brigham Young University's athletics department says it "sincerely apologizes" to the fan who was banned for allegedly yelling racist slurs at volleyball players from visiting Duke University. Google Earth/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Aspen trees blaze in golden colors during fall at Glacier National Park in Montana. A map of the contiguous U.S. produced by the Smoky Mountains website can help leaf-peepers find the optimal time to see fall foliage in their area. National Park Service hide caption

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An anti-monarchy demonstrator protests outside Palace of Westminster in central London on Monday. A number of arrests in the U.K. are sparking questions about freedom of speech. Marco Bertorello/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the Honourable Artillery Company prepare for a 96-gun salute to the late Queen Elizabeth II at Tower Bridge in London. The tribute is one of dozens of events planned to mark the monarch's death. Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images hide caption

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Critics say the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's signs explaining New York's new mask-optional policy for transit riders undermines earlier messages and puts people at risk. Metropolitan Transportation Authority hide caption

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Bruno the Brake Car is the first autistic character on the Thomas & Friends TV series. "He is funny, smart, and he's a very relaxed character," says Elliott Garcia, who voices the character for the show's U.K. version. Michael Bowles/Mattel hide caption

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