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

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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Google says minors and their families can ask for an image to be removed from its search results, in a new policy unveiled Wednesday. Screengrab by NPR hide caption

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Mount Elbert, the tallest peak in the Rocky Mountains, is seen here reflected in Twin Lakes near Leadville, Colo. A hiker on the mountain didn't answer rescuers' phone calls because the number was unfamiliar. Lightvision LLC/Getty Images hide caption

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Orbital Reef is a new commercial space station that Blue Origin says will be operational by the end of the decade. It's seen here in a promotional photo released by the company. Blue Origin hide caption

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Blue Origin

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill in April 2018. A trove of insider documents known as the Facebook Papers has the company facing backlash over its effects on society and politics. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Unvaccinated people who arrive in China for the Beijing Olympcs will face isolation in a mandatory three-week quarantine. Here, a room is seen in the athletes village in Zhangjiakou, China. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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"This parasite detaches the fish's tongue, attaches itself to the fish's mouth, and becomes its tongue," the Galveston Island State Park says, describing the parasitic tongue-eating louse. Galveston Island State Park hide caption

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Galveston Island State Park

Former science teacher Berna Gómez played a pivotal role in new research on restoring some sight to blind people. She is named as a co-author of the study that was published this week. Moran Eye Center, the University of Utah hide caption

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Moran Eye Center, the University of Utah

Terry Turner, 65, was arrested on Friday. He faces charges in the shooting death of Adil Dghoughi outside of Turner's house in Martindale, Texas. Caldwell County Sheriff's Office hide caption

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Caldwell County Sheriff's Office

Drone operators were hoping to find dogs that needed to be rescued from a lava zone on the island of La Palma, Spain. Instead, they found a spray-painted banner that said "The dogs are fine" and was signed "A Team." This still image is from a video sent by the anonymous rescuers. YouTube hide caption

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The Montalto and Hoyer families hold hands inside the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, during Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz's guilty plea in the 2018 shootings. The Montalto's daughter, Gina Montalto, 14, and the Hoyer's son, Luke Hoyer, 15, were both killed in the massacre. Amy Beth Bennett/AP hide caption

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A dog lies on the ash-covered earth surrounded by volcanic lava following an eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, in the area of Todoque on the Canary Island of La Palma, Spain in this undated screen grab taken from a handout video. Handout via Reuters hide caption

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Handout via Reuters

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to approve over-the-counter hearing aids in a change that lawmakers and advocates have long called for. Here, a man displays his hearing aid before taking part in a meeting. Keith Bedford/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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Keith Bedford/Boston Globe via Getty Images

A statue honoring Thomas Jefferson has stood inside the council chamber in New York City Hall for more than 100 years. It's now headed for another location — but exactly where remains in doubt. New York Public Design Commission hide caption

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New York Public Design Commission

League One Volleyball is a new pro league that aims to nurture players from the youth club level, where coaches and elite players will share their expertise. Art Camp hide caption

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Art Camp