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

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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'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, 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'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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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will self-isolate and continue to work in 10 Downing Street in London, announcing his positive test for the coronavirus. He's seen here Thursday night, joining in the U.K.'s national applause for health service workers who are helping to fight the coronavirus. Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images hide caption

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"Fight like your lives depend on it – because they do," WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday. He praised social distancing and other efforts to stop the coronavirus — but added that alone, they're not enough. Here, the Magic Bag theater uses its marquee to support the COVID-19 fight in Ferndale, Mich., on March 26. Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Many Navajo haul non-potable water from windmills like this one for their sheep and to do the washing. Other sources range from water stations to natural springs. Now they must balance an order to shelter in place with the need to bring water back for their homes. Laurel Morales/KJZZ's Fronteras Desk hide caption

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Professor Robert Kelly, his wife, Kim Jung-A, and their children Marion and James spoke to the BBC about the challenge of balancing work and family life during the coronavirus crisis. BBC / Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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The Sheetz gas and convenience store chain is boosting its workers' pay by $3 per hour, in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Its stores are among the businesses deemed essential during government-ordered shutdowns. Michael S.Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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The Spanish Ministry of Health says the country has 47,610 coronavirus cases — and more than 3,400 people have died from COVID-19. Here, a member of the Emergency Military Unit disinfects buildings in Getafe. Sergio Perez/Reuters hide caption

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Prince Charles has tested positive for the coronavirus and is showing mild symptoms. The heir to the British throne is seen here speaking at a large event on March 12, when he attended a dinner at Mansion House in London. Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images hide caption

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"We haven't flattened the curve, and the curve is actually increasing," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said of new coronavirus cases Tuesday. Cuomo said his state now has more than 25,000 cases, as he gave an update on the COVID-19 outbreak at a news conference at Manhattan's Javits Center, which will house a temporary hospital. John Minchillo/AP hide caption

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Wuhan's Hubei province will begin to emerge from a two-month quarantine this week, as health officials say the region has seen a sharp drop in new coronavirus cases. Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images hide caption

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A person in Tokyo takes a photo of a clock counting down the days until the planned start of the Tokyo Games. They will now take place next year. Yukihito Taguchi/USA Today Sports via Reuters hide caption

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"To win, we need to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactics," World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says of the COVID-19 respiratory disease, which is now in nearly every country in the world. AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says that in his state — the U.S. epicenter for the coronavirus — the wave of new cases is still going up. Here, commuters wearing masks pass through New York City's Penn Station on Monday. Mark Lennihan/AP hide caption

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"We really need to come together as a nation" to fight the COVID-19 respiratory disease, Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Monday. America's top doctor warned that "this week it's going to get bad." Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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The Federal Reserve says "it has become clear that our economy will face severe disruptions" because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here, Chairman Jerome Powell is seen as the Fed cut interest rates earlier this month. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters hide caption

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