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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 NPR.org'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, NPR.org 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 CNN.com'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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Jurors are escorted into the Hennepin County Government Center by sheriff's deputies. Here, members of the Minnesota National Guard and other agencies stand watch outside the building in Minneapolis. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Andrew Baker, the Hennepin County medical examiner, testifies Friday on the cause and manner of George Floyd's death. Court TV/Pool via AP hide caption

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Dr. Martin Tobin testifies Thursday in the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin. Tobin told jurors that the way George Floyd was restrained effectively shut down his left lung. Court TV/Pool via AP hide caption

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Senior Special Agent James Reyerson of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension testifies Wednesday at the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. pool via AP hide caption

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Minneapolis Police Lt. Johnny Mercil testifies Tuesday in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin. Mercil told jurors that the technique Chauvin used to restrain George Floyd was not taught by the police. Court TV/Pool via AP hide caption

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Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo testifies Monday in a Hennepin County courtroom during the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin, who faces three criminal charges over the 2020 death of George Floyd. Court TV/Pool via AP hide caption

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The trial of former officer Derek Chauvin has completed its fifth day of witness testimony. Here, a Minneapolis restaurant shows the trial on TV in its dining room Thursday. Stephen Maturen/Getty Images hide caption

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Seth Bravinder, a paramedic who responded to the scene of George Floyd's death last year, testifies at the trial of then-officer Derek Chauvin on Thursday. Court TV via AP hide caption

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Courteney Ross, who was George Floyd's girlfriend, remembered him as "a mama's boy" as she testified Thursday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Court TV/Pool via AP hide caption

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