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Bill Chappell

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Bill Chappell is a correspondent 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), focusing on finding the human aspect of sports — and sharing that fascination through text, video and images on NPR's Instagram and other branded accounts. He was also the lead editor for several other Olympic Games.

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 NPR.org, which separately won a Webby Award.

At NPR, Chappell has trained digital and radio staff in how to tell compelling stories online, facilitating collaboration between departments and desks. He was previously NPR.org's homepage editor, and has frequently 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 CNN.com's features division, and edited video for the CNN Sports Illustrated venture.

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Friday

Friday

Mountain View High School will soon be known by its former name: Stonewall Jackson High School. The Shenandoah County School Board voted 5-1 to once again honor the Confederate general, whose name was originally attached to the school during the battle over racial segregation. Google Maps/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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If a California restaurant violates a new law requiring transparent pricing, it allows a consumer to seek "actual damages of at least $1,000." Photobuff / Getty Images hide caption

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Researchers in a rainforest in Indonesia spotted an injury on the face of a male orangutan they named Rakus. They were stunned to watch him treat his wound with a medicinal plant. Armas/Suaq Project hide caption

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Armas/Suaq Project

Thursday

Joshua Dean, who died on Tuesday, had gone public with his concerns about defects and quality-control problems at Spirit AeroSystems, a major supplier of parts for Boeing. Here, a Spirit AeroSystems logo is seen on a 737 fuselage sent to Boeing's factory in Renton, Wash., in January. Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Whistleblower Joshua Dean, who raised concerns about Boeing jets, dies at 45

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Wednesday

Counterprotesters try to dismantle a pro-Palestinian encampment set up on the University of California, Los Angeles campus in the early hours of Wednesday. Etienne Laurent/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

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The medical device maker Philips has agreed to a $1.1 billion settlement to address claims brought by thousands of people with sleep apnea who say they were injured by the company's CPAP machines. Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images hide caption

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Pro-Palestinian protesters gather at an encampment on the Columbia University campus in New York City on April 25, 2024. Leonardo Munoz/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

World Central Kitchen Founder José Andrés speaks Thursday at the Washington National Cathedral during an interfaith memorial service for the seven workers from the group who were killed in Gaza. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Tuesday

In March 2021, mission controllers in Houston used the Canadarm2 robotic arm to release an external pallet packed with old nickel-hydrogen batteries from the International Space Station. Three years later, part of that assembly struck a house in Naples, Fla. NASA hide caption

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Friday

The U.S. market for domestic mail delivery is by far the largest in the world, and a recent report found its prices are very low compared to other developed countries. The U.S. Postal Service said this week that it wants to raise rates in July. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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The Forever Stamp is forever rising in price. How does the U.S. cost compare globally?

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Monday

People visit a NASA information booth to grab solar eclipse glasses in Russellville, Arkansas. The space agency has debunked a number of myths about the total solar eclipse — including ideas about food going bad, or unborn babies being harmed. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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Saturday

Pinhole shadows show crescent shapes in 2019 as the moon moves in front of the sun — one of several unique phenomena we can see during a solar eclipse. Louis Kwok/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice during warmups before an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Dec. 25, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. Reed Hoffmann/AP hide caption

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LSU's Angel Reese, left, and Iowa guard Caitlin Clark, center, called their Elite Eight game a great event for their sport. Millions of viewers agreed, launching the contest to the top of ESPN's ratings. Hans Pennink/AP hide caption

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Tuesday

Chad Daybell listens during a court hearing in 2022. His trial on murder, conspiracy and fraud charges related to outlandish claims about zombies and the end of days is under way in Boise, Idaho. Tony Blakeslee/EastIdahoNews.com via AP, Pool hide caption

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Saturday

"One second doesn't sound like much, but in today's interconnected world, getting the time wrong could lead to huge problems," geophysicist Duncan Agnew says. Here, an official clock is seen at a golf tournament in Cape Town, South Africa. Johan Rynners/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

For the first time, we're seeing the Sagittarius A* black hole in polarized light. The Event Horizon Telescope collaboration says the image offers a new look at "the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole" at the center of the Milky Way. EHT Collaboration hide caption

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EHT Collaboration

Monday

Saturday

Sylvester Stallone hangs a pair of pink boxing gloves on a portrait of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woman of Leadership Award in 2022, as Julie Opperman, chair of the Dwight D. Opperman Foundation, looks on. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for The Dwight D. Opperman Foundation hide caption

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Friday

A photo from the National Transportation Safety Board shows seats that were near the door plug expelled from a Boeing 737 Max 9 in flight. Seats 26A and 26B were unoccupied — a fact that helped prevent the incident from being worse, officials said. NTSB hide caption

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Thursday

Baseball star Shohei Ohtani (right) and his interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara (left), are seen in the dugout in the 2024 MLB Seoul Series game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. The Dodgers have fired Mizuhara after Ohtani's representatives claimed he was the victim of "a massive theft." Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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