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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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The mayor of Venice, Italy, mobilized a search for two people who used motorized surfboards to cruise down the picturesque city's canals. Now the pair are facing large fines. Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro / via Facebook hide caption

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Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro / via Facebook

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Japan's alcohol industry hard, sharpening a long-running trend away from drinking. A new campaign sponsored by the National Tax Agency hopes to change that — but it's running into sharp criticism. Philip Fong/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Starbucks says regional staff of the National Labor Relations Board repeatedly crossed the line of neutrality to help union organizers in Kansas. Here, activists protest against Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz in New York City last month. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images hide caption

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Serena Williams, shown here in Australia in 2014, has announced that she is retiring from tennis after the U.S. Open. Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images hide caption

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Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden in July in New York. Adams is critical of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott as he sends busloads of migrants from Texas to New York City. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Brittney Griner holds a picture of her Russian basketball team as she stands inside a defendants' cage before a court hearing in Khimki, outside Moscow, on Thursday. Evgenia Novozhenina/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on Jan. 15, it sent the equivalent of more than 58,000 Olympic-size swimming pools' worth of water into the stratosphere, researchers say. Tonga Geological Services hide caption

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Tonga Geological Services

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is being hit with a $1.5 million fine and suspended through Oct. 17, after an NFL investigation into tampering and other allegations. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres says we are facing "a time of nuclear danger not seen since the height of the Cold War." His remarks came at the 2022 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the United Nations in New York City. Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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People protest during a rally calling for more government action to combat the spread of monkeypox at Foley Square on July 21, 2022 in New York City. Jeenah Moon/Getty Images hide caption

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson throws a pass during practice at the team's training facility in May in Ohio. The NFL suspended Watson for six games on Monday for violating its personal conduct policy following accusations of sexual misconduct. Ron Schwane/AP hide caption

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Marianne Martin stands alongside fellow Tour de France winner Laurent Fignon on the podium in Paris on July 22, 1984. Martin received around $1,000 for her win; Fignon got more than $100,000. AFP/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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