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 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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Raven Saunders turned heads with her unique look for Friday's qualifying round in the women's shot put at the Tokyo Olympics. Saunders had one of the best throws of the day, earning her a spot in this weekend's final. Patrick Smith/Getty Images hide caption

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Patrick Moster was fired from his job as sports director of the BDR, the German Cycling Federation after yelling slurs during a race Wednesday. Here, Moster stands next to the track next to cyclist Azzedine Lagab from Algeria — one of the riders a German cyclist was attempting to catch. Sebastian Gollnow/dpa/picture alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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German cyclist Nikias Arndt said he was "appalled" an official from his country's cycling federation shouted a racial slur during the men's time trial at the Tokyo Games. Sebastian Gollnow/picture alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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Simone Biles spoke at length about the reasons behind her withdrawal from the gymnastics team final. She's seen here on Wednesday with teammate MyKayla Skinner, as they watch the men's all-around final in Tokyo. Jamie Squire/Getty Images hide caption

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Simone Biles looks on during the women's gymnastics team final during the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday. After competing on the vault, Biles withdrew from team competition. Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Norway's Kristian Blummenfelt celebrates as he crosses the line Monday to win the men's triathlon at the Tokyo Olympics. Blummenfelt won after a miscommunication between a media boat and the starting officials caused a rare false start in the endurance race. Adam Pretty/Getty Images hide caption

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Simone Biles competes in the artistic gymnastics balance beam event of the women's qualification during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo. The U.S. will face off with other top qualifiers early Tuesday. Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines celebrates winning the women's 55-kilogram weightlifting match at the Tokyo 2020 Games — her country's first Olympic gold medal. An Lingjun/CHINASPORTS/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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Fireworks go off around the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Tokyo, on July 23, 2021. Ben Stansall/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Banners of the Czech Republic (bottom) and the Olympic Refugee teams (top) are seen on a building at the Olympic and Paralympic Village ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Czech team is investigating a cluster of coronavirus cases. Behrouz Mehri/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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John Coates, president of the Australian Olympic Committee, has come under fire for his remarks to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, ordering her to attend the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics. Toru Hanai/Getty Images hide caption

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Taylor Crabb, here in a 2019 tournament, says he is disappointed he's not able to compete as a member of Team USA. Justin Casterline/Getty Images hide caption

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