Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a blogger and producer who works with NPR's Morning Edition and Digital Media group. In addition to coordinating Web features, he frequently contributes to NPR's blogs, from The Two Way and All Tech Considered to The Salt.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to leading the London 2012 Olympics blog, The Torch. His assignments have included being the lead web producer for NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road, as well as establishing the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps on NPR.org.

In 2009, Chappell was a key editorial member of the small team that redesigned NPR's web site. One year later, the site won its first Peabody Award, along with the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award.

At NPR, Chappell trains both digital and radio staff to use digital tools to tell compelling stories, in addition to "evangelizing" — promoting more collaboration between departments. Other shows he has worked with include All Things Considered, Fresh Air, and Talk of the Nation.

Prior to joining NPR in late 2003, Chappell worked on the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling coverage in areas from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America, and coordinating CNN's pool coverage out of Qatar.

Chappell's work for CNN also included producing Web stories and editing digital video for SI.com, as well as editing and producing stories for CNN.com's features division. He also worked at the network's video and research library.

Before joining CNN, Chappell wrote about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies, in addition to his first job: editing the police blotter.

From 2002-2003, Chappell served as editor-in-chief of The Trans-Atlantic Journal, a business and lifestyle monthly geared for expatriate Europeans working and living in the United States.

A holder of bachelor's degrees in English and History from the University of Georgia, he attended graduate school for English Literature at the University of South Carolina.

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The Two-Way
6:29 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Iraq's Power Struggle: What You Need To Know

An Iraqi woman and child walk toward an Iraqi security armored personnel carrier on a Baghdad street, a sign of the political showdown between incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and those calling for his tenure to end.
Sabah Arar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 2:18 am

Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki is refusing to give up his position as prime minister, sending military vehicles into Baghdad's streets Monday after Iraqi President Fuad Masum asked Maliki's fellow Shiite, Haider al-Abadi, to form a government and become the country's new leader.

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The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

People Wonder: 'If They Gunned Me Down,' What Photo Would Media Use?

The use of different photos to portray shooting victim Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Saturday, prompted an interesting phenomenon on Twitter Monday: Users are posting "dueling" photos of themselves – one where the subject looks wholesome, and another where the same person might look like a troublemaker – with the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown.

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Mon August 11, 2014

NCAA Moves To Appeal Judge's Ruling On Compensating Athletes

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 12:41 pm

The NCAA is moving to appeal a federal judge's ruling that would require the organization to allow colleges to compensate students who play football and basketball. Current and former students had sued on antitrust grounds over the use of their names and images for video games, TV programs and other commercial enterprises.

A judge gave the athletes a victory Friday — but the NCAA has a strong track record when it appeals.

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Mon August 11, 2014

More Questions Than Answers In Deadly Tony Stewart Crash

Tony Stewart is seen Friday preparing for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Police say no charges are pending against Stewart in the death of another driver at a nearby dirt track Saturday.
Derik Hamilton AP

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 12:17 pm

Questions about how Tony Stewart's race car came to strike and kill another driver in a sprint car race Saturday include what prompted the other driver to stand on the track — and why Stewart, an elite NASCAR driver, was racing in the lower-level event. Police who are looking into the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. say no charges are pending.

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Mon August 11, 2014

New Leader Of Iraq Is Nominated, But Maliki Insists He'll Stay In Office

Iraqis chant pro-government slogans and wave flags in a show of support for embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a demonstration in Baghdad Monday. Maliki says he will file a legal complaint against the country's newly elected president.
Hadi Mizban AP

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 5:11 pm

Iraq's president has asked the parliament's deputy speaker to form a new government, after members of the Shiite coalition that had backed Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki nominated the deputy, Haider al-Abadi, to the post Monday.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Protesters In St. Louis-Area Call For Accountability In Teen's Death

Protesters confront police during a rally protesting the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.
Sid Hastings AP

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 5:47 pm

This post was updated at 6:40 p.m. ET.

In suburban St. Louis, business owners are cleaning up after a prayer vigil turned violent over the weekend. Meanwhile, protests continue over the death of an unarmed teenager who was shot by police on Saturday.

Reporter Rachel Lippmann of St. Louis Public Radio says about 60 people gathered outside of the Ferguson, Mo., police department Monday. They're calling for police to identify the officer involved and to charge him with murder. Others want the police force diversified in the majority-African-American city.

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The Two-Way
5:33 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

James Brady's Death Is Ruled A Homicide

The death this week of James Brady, the Reagan administration press secretary who was wounded during a 1981 assassination attempt, has been ruled a homicide, according to District of Columbia police. He's seen here with President Clinton in 1993.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 6:32 pm

His wounds were inflicted 33 years ago, but James Brady died from John Hinckley Jr.'s attack on President Reagan, according to Washington, D.C., police who cite a Virginia medical examiner's report. The finding could lead to murder charges against Hinckley.

Update at 6:55 p.m. ET. Cause Of Death: Gunshot

From a D.C. Police Department release today:

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The Two-Way
2:33 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Dry Western U.S. May Not Get Help From El Niño, Forecasters Say

A NOAA map shows the forecast for sea-surface temperatures for the months of December-February, 2014-2015. Climatologists say there's a 65 percent chance of an El Nino forming.
CPC/NOAA

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 2:39 pm

The chances that an El Niño weather pattern will bring much-needed rains to parched areas of the West have fallen from 80 percent to 65 percent, according to a new analysis by weather experts. They add that if the warm-water system does appear, it would likely be a weak one.

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The Two-Way
6:30 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

If A Monkey Takes A Photo, Who Owns The Copyright?

This 2011 image captured by a cheeky black macaque after turning the tables on a photographer who left his camera unmanned has ignited a debate over who owns the photo.
David J Slater Caters News Agency/Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 7:04 pm

An argument is brewing between British photographer David Slater and the folks at Wikimedia over who owns the rights to a photo a monkey took with Slater's equipment. The website says the famous photo should be freely distributed, because it believes the animal's self-portrait isn't bound by copyright law.

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The Two-Way
2:03 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Obama Signs $16 Billion VA Health Care Bill Into Law

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 2:24 pm

President Obama signed legislation Thursday that tries to mend the broken Veterans Affairs system, providing money to improve facilities and hire more medical staff, along with allowing more veterans to use private facilities. The bill is aimed at cutting veterans' long wait times for health care.

The president signed the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 one week after it gained congressional approval; the signing ceremony was held at Fort Belvoir, an Army base in Virginia.

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The Two-Way
1:27 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

NCAA Votes To Give New Autonomy To Big Conferences

Kansas State University President Kirk Schulz (left) discusses the NCAA structure Thursday, as Wright State University President David R. Hopkins looks on. The NCAA Board of Directors approved a package of historic reforms Thursday that will give the nation's five biggest conferences the ability to unilaterally change some of the basic rules governing college sports.
Michael Conroy AP

Originally published on Thu August 7, 2014 1:48 pm

Elite college sports conferences can set their own rules about sharing profits with student-athletes and other matters, under a new policy adopted by the NCAA's Division I Board of Directors on Thursday.

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The Two-Way
4:38 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

1.2 Billion Web Credentials Said To Be In Russian Gang's Hands

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 6:45 am

In what's believed to be the largest stockpile of stolen Internet credentials in history, a Russian hacking ring has gathered more than 1.2 billion unique Internet credentials, according to Web security experts. The relatively small group has reportedly collected passwords along with user names and email addresses.

"This year is already on track to be the year of the mega-mega breach," Orla Cox, director of security response for the anti-virus software company, Symantec.

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The Two-Way
4:08 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Spurs Hire NBA's First Female Full-Time Assistant Coach

The San Antonio Stars' Becky Hammon, seen here attending a Spurs playoff game, has been hired as a full-time assistant coach, joining the NBA's reigning champions for next season.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 6:21 pm

The NBA now has its first full-time female assistant coach, as the San Antonio Spurs have hired WNBA star Becky Hammon to join their bench for the upcoming season. The move comes as Hammon says she'll retire after her current season playing for the San Antonio Stars.

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The Two-Way
3:32 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Murdoch Withdraws Bid To Buy Time Warner

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 5:39 am

Nearly three weeks after reports surfaced that Twenty-First Century Fox had made a spurned offer to purchase fellow media giant Time Warner, Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch confirms that the deal is off. The rejected price had been reported as $80 billion.

Instead of buying Time Warner, Twenty-First Century Fox says it will buy back shares of its own stock, embarking on a plan to repurchase $6 billion worth of the shares over the next 12 months.

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The Two-Way
3:14 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Cleveland Slugger Jim Thome Retires After Signing One-Day Contract

First baseman Jim Thome stands in at the plate in a 1997 Cleveland Indians game. The team signed Thome to a special contract this weekend so he could retire with the team that brought him to the big leagues.
Jonathan Daniel Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:10 am

Calling a halt to a career that put him at the No. 7 spot on the all-time home run list, Jim Thome officially retired as a Cleveland Indian Saturday. The imposing hitter signed a special one-day contract so he could retire in Cleveland, where he spent most of his 22 seasons in the big leagues.

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The Two-Way
1:33 pm
Sun August 3, 2014

Islamic State Seizes Towns Near Kurdish Area; Dam Seen At Risk

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:10 am

Extremist group the Islamic State have seized small oil fields and several towns, in a successful push against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. There are conflicting reports that they've also taken control of Iraq's largest dam. The militants are hoping to cement control of the border area between Iraq, Syria and Turkey.

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The Two-Way
11:26 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Lego Releases Female Scientists Set, May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic

A product image shows the new Research Institute playset from Lego, which features women in roles as three scientists. In January, the company was criticized by a girl who said all its female characters were "boring."
Lego

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:10 am

Months after a girl took the company to task for its female toy figures, Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a "real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman," the company says.

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Sun August 3, 2014

Algae Toxins Prompt Toledo To Ban Its Drinking Water

Aundrea Simmons stands next to her minivan with cases of bottled water she bought after Toledo warned residents not to use its water Saturday.
John Seewer AP

Originally published on Sun August 3, 2014 11:26 am

The National Guard is making water deliveries in Toledo, Ohio, where officials say the tap water isn't safe to drink even if it's been boiled. Gov. John Kasich has declared an emergency in the area, as officials await tests on levels of toxins that can cause flu-like symptoms and liver damage.

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The Two-Way
8:27 am
Sun August 3, 2014

'It's So Terrible': Quake Reportedly Kills Hundreds In Southwest China

Rescuers carry an injured child on a stretcher after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit the area in southwest China's Yunnan province. The quake reportedly collapsed thousands of buildings when it struck Sunday afternoon.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 11:09 am

This post was updated at 5 p.m. ET.

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Yunnan Province Sunday afternoon, leveling buildings and rippling roads near the city of Zhaotong. News media in China are saying at least 367 people died in the quake, which struck in an area with old and vulnerable buildings.

The death toll in this catastrophe has been sharply rising Sunday, after initial reports that around 26 people had died. We'll update this post as needed.

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Sun August 3, 2014

U.S. 'Appalled' By Deadly Airstrike Outside U.N. School In Gaza

An Israeli tank drives past a field of sunflowers along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip as they pull out from the Gaza Strip Sunday. At least 10 people died in a strike outside a U.N. school in Gaza shortly after Israel confirmed it was withdrawing some troops from the war-torn area.
Gil Cohen Magen AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:59 am

An Israeli airstrike outside a U.N.-run school in Gaza killed at least 10 people Sunday, Palestinian health officials say. The attack came as Israel declares that a soldier believed to have been captured had actually died in battle.

Update at 7:35 p.m. ET: U.S. And U.N. Condemn Attack

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The Two-Way
4:08 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

The NFL's Punters (Finally) Land One In The Hall Of Fame

Punter Ray Guy, No. 8 of the Los Angeles Raiders, kicks the ball past the Denver Broncos' rush during a 1985 game. Guy has officially been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
George Rose Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:55 am

Ray Guy, a gifted athlete who became the prototype of an NFL punter in the 1970s and 80s, is officially being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, becoming the first full-time punter ever invited into the institution in Canton, Ohio.

At 64, Guy's enshrinement ends more than two decades of waiting to be recognized by the Hall of Fame. Last night, his golden Hall of Fame jacket was presented to him by his former Oakland Raiders coach, John Madden, the man who drafted him in the first round back in 1973.

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The Two-Way
11:26 am
Sat August 2, 2014

First Ebola Patient Has Arrived In U.S. From Liberia

An ambulance departs Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Ga., Saturday. Dr. Kent Brantly, an American infected with the Ebola virus, was transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta today.
Mike Stewart AP

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:54 am

The first of two American aid workers infected with the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia reportedly arrived in Atlanta today to begin treatment. Dr. Kent Brantly has been living in quarantine conditions since realizing he had been infected with the disease last month.

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The Two-Way
10:13 am
Sat August 2, 2014

'You Don't Really Know Us,' Chicago Kids Tell News Media

Fifth-graders from the Bradwell School of Excellence in Chicago's South Shore area wrote an op-ed piece for The Chicago Tribune this week, explaining how they see their neighborhood.
Google

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:53 am

Tired of seeing their neighborhood portrayed in news reports as a desolate and violent place, fifth-graders in Chicago's South Shore area wrote what their teacher calls a "counternarrative." Their op-ed for The Chicago Tribune includes this line: "This isn't Chi-raq. This is home. This is us."

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Sat August 2, 2014

Gaza Update: Netanyahu Hails Military's Success; IDF Declares Soldier Dead

A Palestinian youth carries a bicycle from the wreckage of a building hit in an Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Saturday. New violence killed dozens in Gaza after the collapse of a UN- and U.S.- backed cease-fire, officials said.
Said Khatib AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 10:51 am

A day after they were to begin a cease-fire, Israel and Hamas are still firing at one another, in a conflict that has killed at least 1,650 Gazans, 63 Israeli soldiers and 3 Israeli civilians, according to tallies from the respective sides.

Those numbers surpass the estimated fatalities from the last major Gaza conflict, which raged for around three weeks from 2008-2009.

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The Two-Way
6:21 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

GM Stays At The Top As U.S. Car Sales Surge In July

Sales of GM's cars slid by 3.8 percent from July 1013, but its light trucks and SUVs, like this Buick Enclave, more than made up for it, spiking 17.5 percent.
AP

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 11:28 am

Sales incentives helped U.S. auto sales rise in July, as major auto companies reported selling more than 120,000 more vehicles than the same month last year. GM retained its spot as the U.S. sales leader.

Sales of passenger cars rose by nearly 5 percent this July compared to last year, with sales of light trucks even higher, at 13.4 percent, according to data released Friday by research firm Autodata Corp.

GM sold 256,160 vehicles last month, beating Toyota's 215,802 and Ford's 211,467.

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The Two-Way
4:12 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

NYC Man's Chokehold Death Was A Homicide, Medical Examiner Says

The death of Eric Garner in police custody has sparked controversy in New York City — and it's now been ruled a homicide. On Thursday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) sat with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton (left) and the Rev. Al Sharpton during a discussion on police-community relations.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 9:59 am

Eric Garner, the unarmed man who died two weeks ago after police placed him in a chokehold, was a victim of homicide, says New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Garner's death was captured in a video that showed his confrontation with police on a Staten Island sidewalk.

The update on Garner's controversial death was announced Friday afternoon. Member station WNYC cites spokeswoman Julie Bolcer:

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The Two-Way
3:03 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

President Obama Slams Congress As He Welcomes Economy's Gains

President Barack Obama upbraided Congress Friday, saying that lawmakers haven't done enough to help America's economic recovery.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 9:57 am

Touting rosy U.S. economic news that has come out this week, President Obama said America's recovery from a debilitating recession is well underway. But he also said the economy "could be doing even better" if Congress were working harder.

Citing the 200,000 jobs created in July – continuing a six-month streak of at least that level – Obama noted that it was "the first time that has happened since 1997."

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The Two-Way
6:07 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Most Of California Reported To Be In 'Extreme Drought'

A dried-out lawn is seen in the city of Glendora, east of Los Angeles, this week. About 58 percent of California is now under the most extreme drought conditions, a new report says.
Frederic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

The latest Drought Monitor report from U.S. agriculture and weather experts finds 58 percent of California in the worst of its four drought levels, in conditions normally seen only once every 50-100 years.

For our Newscast unit, Nathan Rott reports:

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The Two-Way
5:01 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Israel And Hamas Agree To 3-Day Cease-Fire, U.N. Says

Flares light up the night sky over Gaza City early Friday, Aug. 1. Leaders of Hamas and Israel have agreed to begin a cease-fire Friday at 8 a.m. local time, the U.N. says.
Dusan Vranic AP

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 1:05 am

A temporary peace will begin Friday morning in Gaza, as Israel and Hamas agree to an "unconditional humanitarian ceasefire," according to a statement by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Secretary of State John Kerry.

The truce is set to begin at 8 a.m. local time Friday and last for 72 hours. U.N. Special Coordinator Robert Serry says he's been assured by officials from both Israel and Hamas that they will abide by the truce. The envoys will also travel to Cairo to negotiate a possible longer peace deal, in talks hosted by Egypt.

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The Two-Way
5:50 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

'I Love Your Country,' New House Member Tells U.S. Officials

Speaking about India, Rep. Curt Clawson told U.S. officials from the State and Commerce departments, "I am familiar with your country. I love your country."
Library of Congress

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 6:37 pm

Rep. Curt Clawson hasn't been in Congress long — he was sworn into office exactly one month ago. We mention that as a caveat, because in a congressional hearing Thursday, Clawson seems to have mistaken Americans who work in the U.S. departments of State and Commerce for representatives of India's government.

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