Bill Chappell Bill Chappell is a writer and producer who currently works on NPR's Newsdesk, in the heart of the newroom. In the past, he has worked with Morning Edition, Fresh Air, and other shows.

Bill Chappell

Reporter, Producer

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

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to being the lead writer and editor for online coverage of several Olympic Games, from London 2012 to Pyeongchang 2018. His assignments have included being the lead web producer for NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road, as well as establishing the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps on NPR.org.

In the past, Chappell has edited and coordinated digital features for Morning Edition and Fresh Air, in addition to editing the rundown of All Things Considered. He frequently contributes to other NPR blogs, such as All Tech Considered and The Salt.

In 2009, Chappell was a key editorial member of the small team that redesigned NPR's web site. One year later, NPR.org won its first Peabody Award, along with the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award.

At NPR, Chappell has trained both digital and radio staff to use digital tools to tell compelling stories, in addition to "evangelizing" — promoting more collaboration between legacy and digital departments.

Prior to joining NPR, Chappell was part of the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling coverage in areas from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, and coordinating CNN's pool coverage on major events.

Chappell's work for CNN included editing digital video and producing web stories for SI.com. He also edited and produced stories for CNN.com's features division.

Before joining CNN, Chappell wrote about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies, in addition to his first job: editing the police blotter.

A holder of bachelor's degrees in English and History from the University of Georgia, Chappell attended graduate school for English Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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The cost of a pint of beer could rise sharply in the U.S. and other countries because of increased risks from heat and drought, according to a new study that looks at climate change's possible effects on barley crops. Peter Nicholls/Reuters hide caption

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A firefighter helps a youngster reach safety in a flooded street during a rescue operation following heavy rains that saw rivers bursting their banks in Trèbes, near Carcassonne, in southern France. Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Rescue personnel walk through debris in Mexico Beach, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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'This Is A War Zone': Hurricane Michael Leaves Deadly Trail Through Southeast

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The two met in 2015 during the pope's visit to Washington, D.C. Gary Cameron/Reuters hide caption

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The move comes just more than two decades after the young gay man's brutal murder in Laramie, Wyo. His death became an important symbol in the fight against homophobia. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images hide caption

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Rescue personnel search for people who may need help in Mexico Beach, Fla., on Thursday, one day after Hurricane Michael made landfall near the area. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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Recovery Work Begins After Hurricane Michael Carves Through Florida Panhandle

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Smoke rises as first-stage boosters separate from a Soyuz rocket with a Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft carrying a NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut. The mission was aborted shortly after launch, and the pair returned to Earth safely in an emergency landing. Dmitri Lovetsky/AP hide caption

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The Pentagon only recently made cybersecurity a priority, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report, which found vulnerabilities in weapons that are under development. Yuri Gripas/Reuters hide caption

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Hurricane Michael is expected to be a major storm when it arrives at Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday. After moving ashore, it will head northeastward toward Georgia and South Carolina. NOAA/NWS, Esri, HERE, Garmin, Earthstar Geographics hide caption

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Michael Upgraded To Category 4 'Major' Hurricane As It Approaches Florida Panhandle

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Columbus announced last week that it won't be closing for business, saying it prefers to emphasize Veterans Day instead. Here, a statue of Christopher Columbus is seen in a file photo, standing outside the Columbus City Hall. Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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A hurricane warning has been issued for the Gulf Coast of Florida from the Alabama/Florida border eastward to the Suwannee River. The strengthening storm is expected to head north across the Gulf of Mexico before making landfall on Wednesday. NOAA/NWS, Esri, HERE, Garmin, Earthstar Geographics hide caption

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Interpol says President Meng Hongwei resigned on Sunday. Chinese authorities say they're investigating him as part of an anti-corruption campaign. Mikhail Metzel/Mikhail Metzel/TASS hide caption

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Toyota says it will use a software update to fix an issue with some Prius models, saying certain conditions could result in their unexpectedly stalling. Here, a Prius is seen during a test drive in Tokyo in 2011. Koji Sasahara/AP hide caption

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