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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 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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There is an 85% chance of 2020 being an "above-normal" hurricane season, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said on Thursday. Here, a NOAA GOES-East satellite image shows last year's Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall on North Carolina's Outer Banks on Sept. 6. Hurricane Isaias made landfall in North Carolina earlier this week. NOAA/Getty Images hide caption

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An aerial view of demolished structures at the port, damaged by Tuesday's explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday. The enormous blast, which officials said was driven by thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate, killed at least 137 people and injured thousands more. Haytham El Achkar/Getty Images hide caption

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Beirut Death Toll Rises After Enormous Explosion

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Mary McCants (left) and Amy Garrett walk near a damaged pier the morning after Hurricane Isaias came through late Monday night in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Hurricane Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm Tuesday after making landfall overnight as a Category 1 hurricane in North Carolina. Sean Rayford/Getty Images hide caption

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Isaias Brings Wind, Rain And Tornado Risks Up Through The Northeast Into Canada

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Hurricane Isaias will maintain its hurricane status for several days as it passes along Florida's central Atlantic coast, the National Hurricane Center says. The storm's forecast cone predicts it will hug the southeastern U.S. coastline. National Weather Service hide caption

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British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend, is pictured in 1991. She now faces multiple counts related to sex trafficking of minors and perjury. She has pleaded not guilty. Jim James/AP hide caption

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Former President Barack Obama gives the eulogy at the funeral service for Rep. John Lewis at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Lewis, a civil rights icon and fierce advocate of voting rights for African Americans, died on July 17 at the age of 80. Alyssa Pointer/Pool / Getty Images hide caption

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Former President Barack Obama tells mourners Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta that they can honor the late Rep. John Lewis by helping to revitalize voting rights. Alyssa Pointer/Getty Images hide caption

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Michelle Bolsonaro tested positive on Thursday — days after her husband, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, said he had recovered from the disease. The pair are seen here at an event on Wednesday. Alan Santos/Planalto Palace photograph hide caption

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Health care workers at a coronavirus testing site last week in Miami. More than 150,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the United States. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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An emu named Carol, age 3, walks around behind a fence in Yaraka, a small town in Australia. An Australian Outback pub has banned Carol and her brother Kevin for "bad behavior" after they learned to climb the stairs and created havoc inside. Leanne Byrne/AP hide caption

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Parts of the European Union are at risk of a new wave of coronavirus cases, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says. The bloc began lifting many internal border restrictions last month. Here, airline passengers walk out of a departures area last week at Gatwick Airport, south of London. Matt Dunham/AP hide caption

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