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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The U.S. has returned to an alarming height in new coronavirus cases, topping 70,000 for the first time since July. Here, people watch a movie curated by the Tribeca Film Festival in socially distant pods, as New York City continues its effort to reopen following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus. Noam Galai/Getty Images hide caption

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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, shown here in 2005, allegedly ran a sex-trafficking operation together. in a 2016 deposition, Maxwell repeatedly denied "recruiting" girls for Epstein or taking part in orgies and other activities. Patrick McMullan via Getty Images hide caption

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Hatice Cengiz says her accusations against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi would not receive a fair trial in Saudi Arabia. She is seen here earlier this month at the 16th Zurich Film Festival in Switzerland. Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty Images for ZFF hide caption

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Rush Limbaugh says he intends to keep putting on his radio show despite his stage 4 lung cancer that he says has recently progressed. Here, he's seen reacting as first lady Melania Trump gives him the Presidential Medal of Freedom during the State of the Union address in February. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Ghislaine Maxwell, seen here at center right with the disgraced late financier Jeffrey Epstein, gave a deposition in 2016 that should be released, an appeals court says. Maxwell is seen here with Epstein and others a party at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. Davidoff Studios Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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A judge has tossed out a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that would have limited food stamps, noting that during the pandemic "SNAP rosters have grown by over 17 percent with over 6 million new enrollees." Here, a sign alerts customers about food stamps at a store in New York City. Scott Heins/Getty Images hide caption

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President Trump tours a section of the border wall in San Luis, Ariz., on June 23. The Supreme Court is agreeing to review a Trump administration policy that makes asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for U.S. court hearings. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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More than 40 million coronavirus infections have now been reported worldwide. Here, a staff member at a school in Moscow uses an infrared thermometer on Monday to screen students. Sergei Fadeichev/TASS via Getty Images hide caption

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in an online political event in August. Authorities say they short-circuited a plot to kidnap her. An eighth man has now been charged in the case. DNCC via Getty Images hide caption

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The European Union is placing punitive sanctions on Russian officials with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny (left). Mladen Antonov, Tiziana Fabi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Commuters walk over London Bridge toward the city during the morning rush hour on Thursday. The city and other large areas are set to be under a high alert for the coronavirus. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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French President Emmanuel Macron is ordering nightly curfews for Paris and other large cities, hoping to control the coronavirus. A woman wears a protective face mask as she sits in the Louvre Museum's courtyard Wednesday in Paris. Chesnot/Getty Images hide caption

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A Greek court has sentenced Nikos Michaloliakos and another former Golden Dawn leader, Ioannis Lagos (seen here), to 13 years in prison, after finding the party to be a criminal organization. Thanassis Stavrakis/AP hide caption

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