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 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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President Trump discusses the planned travel ban extension Wednesday during a news conference at the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters hide caption

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Hospital staff wash the emergency entrance of Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where patients infected with a new virus are being treated, in Wuhan, China, on Wednesday. Dake Kang/AP hide caption

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Golf-ball-sized hail carpets a street in Canberra on Monday, in a new twist on Australia's summer of extreme weather. The Australian Capital Territory's emergency service said it received a record number of calls for help — more than 1,900. Ying Tan/via Reuters hide caption

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Demonstrators stand outside a security zone in Richmond, Va., on Monday. Thousands of activists and gun enthusiasts converged on the city to urge the state not to pass new gun laws. Tyrone Turner/WAMU hide caption

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Richmond Gun Rally: Thousands Of Gun Owners Converge On Virginia Capitol On MLK Day

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From left: Luke Austin Lane, Jacob Kaderli and Michael Helterbrand are accused of plotting "to overthrow the government and murder a Bartow County couple," according to police in Floyd County, Ga. AP hide caption

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U.S. troops clear debris following an Iranian missile strike at the Ain al-Assad air base in Iraq on Jan. 8. No one was killed, and U.S. officials initially said no American service members had been injured. Ali Abdul Hassan/AP hide caption

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Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's speech came after a period that saw mass public support after the death of a Iranian general and outrage over the downing of a commercial airliner. Official Khamenei website via Reuters hide caption

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Iran's Ayatollah Slams 'American Clowns' In Rare Friday Prayers Sermon

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Former Canadian military reservist Patrik Jordan Mathews and two Americans face charges related to possessing an illegal assault rifle, as part of an extremist group called The Base. Mathews is seen here in an undated picture from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, last August. RCMP Manitoba/via Reuters hide caption

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Lev Parnas (left) says text messages last year between him and congressional candidate Robert Hyde about surveilling former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch were taken out of context. But Ukrainian police are investigating the allegations. Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Both houses of Virginia's legislature voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, but the ERA's future is uncertain: Its original deadline elapsed decades ago. Here, an ERA supporter reacts to a Virginia Senate committee's vote to advance the ERA amendment last week. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Russian hackers successfully infiltrated emails of employees at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian energy company, according to a U.S. security firm. Here, a building is seen in Kyiv that holds the offices of a Burisma subsidiary. Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters hide caption

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Russians Hacked Ukrainian Firm At The Center Of Impeachment

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