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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New York mayoral candidate Maya Wiley greets voters in the East Flatbush area of Brooklyn. New Yorkers are voting in primary elections Tuesday, after a closely watched race. Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The Washington Homestead Grays, seen here around 1946, split their home games between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. The team won the Negro World Series in 1948, the championship's final year. Negro Leagues Baseball Museum Inc. hide caption

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Annemiek Van Vleuten, left, and Anna Van Der Breggen are among the elite cyclists who are expected to race in next summer's Tour de France Femmes, a one-week race for women. Luc Claessen/Getty Images hide caption

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Royal Caribbean had been set to launch the Odyssey of the Seas on its first cruise with passengers in early July. But positive coronavirus tests among the crew have forced the voyage to be delayed for four weeks. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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"I feel completely devastated, lost, broken, angry, confused and betrayed," says middle distance runner Shelby Houlihan, announcing her four-year ban from international competition. Andy Lyons/Getty Images hide caption

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Crazy worms — an invasive species from Asia — pose a threat to forests, scientists say. The worms can thrash around so violently that they can jump out of a person's hand. They also lose their tail — on purpose. Josef Görres/Plant and Soil Science Department University of Vermont hide caption

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Dr. Aaron Kesselheim (left), a professor at Harvard Medical School, at a documentary film screening in 2018 in Boston. He has resigned from a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel over the FDA's decision to approve an Alzheimer's drug. Scott Eisen/AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation hide caption

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Eugene Goodman of the U.S. Capitol Police will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a June 18 Washington Nationals home game. He's seen here at the Senate carriage entrance of the Capitol. Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images hide caption

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The Houston Methodist hospital system says 178 employees now have until June 21 to complete their COVID-19 vaccinations, or they could be fired. Most of the system's roughly 26,000 employees have complied with the requirement. Brandon Bell/Getty Images hide caption

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The decision by students at Magdalen College, part of Oxford University, to remove a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II has touched off anger in the United Kingdom. The college is seen here in May 2020. Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A man was arrested in an international sting operation targeting drug smugglers. Australian Federal Police blurred the suspect's face due to privacy concerns. Alison Brown/Australian Federal Police hide caption

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"I noticed there were like little bumps all over this bird that was flopping around," photographer Tony Austin says of a crow he documented. "And sure enough, it was covered in ants." Tony Austin hide caption

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Former President Trump's curiously wrinkled trousers appears to have overshadowed his speech Saturday at a Republican Party state convention in North Carolina. Melissa Sue Gerrits/Getty Images hide caption

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Cuba's pitcher Yoanni Yera Montalvo throws the ball during a training session at the Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana last month. Cuba's losses this week in Florida to Venezuela and Canada in Olympic baseball qualifying play means the team will not compete in the Summer Games. Ramon Espinosa/AP hide caption

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