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Bill Chappell

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Bill Chappell is a writer and editor on the Newsdesk in the heart of NPR's newsroom in Washington, DC.

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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Greta Thunberg To U.S.: 'You Have A Moral Responsibility' On Climate Change

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her government is creating a national gun registry "to prevent firearms from reaching the hands of criminals." She announced the new plan alongside Police Minister Stuart Nash. Tessa Burrows/Getty Images hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators received a message from business leaders Thursday, urging them to take action on gun violence in the U.S. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call Inc via Getty Images hide caption

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Reknowned chef José Andrés (right) is interviewed by ABC News last week in the Bahamian capital, Nassau, before heading to the Abaco Islands to deliver food to people stranded left by Hurricane Dorian. Cheryl Diaz Meyer for NPR hide caption

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How To Help Hurricane Dorian Survivors In The Bahamas

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Member of Parliament Joanna Cherry and dozens of allies won a decision from Scotland's Court of Session, which ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of Parliament is illegal. Cherry is seen here outside the court last month. Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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Acting NOAA head Neil Jacobs, seen here at far right as President Trump watches a briefing on Hurricane Dorian, is defending his agency's response to Trump's claim that Dorian had been predicted to hit Alabama hard. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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The NRA says San Francisco lawmakers went too far in declaring it a terrorist organization. Here, members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America take part in a rally against gun violence held at San Francisco City Hall in August. Liu Guanguan/Visual China Group via Getty Images hide caption

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Many Afghans approve of President Trump's decision to quash a potential deal with the Taliban. Here, security forces guard a street in Kabul last week after a suicide car bombing rocked the capital's diplomatic enclave. Sayed Khodaberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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In Afghanistan, A Mix Of Surprise And Relief After Trump Cancels Taliban Talks

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A resident walks his dog on a flooded road Friday in Salvo, N.C., in the Outer Banks, as Hurricane Dorian drenches the neighborhood with a torrential downpour. The storm made landfall Friday morning as a Category 1 hurricane. Jose Luis Magana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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