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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8:44am

Tue May 6, 2014
The Two-Way

Kidnappers In Nigeria Wore Uniforms, Escaped Girl Says

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

Muslim women march as part of a call for Nigeria's government to increase efforts to rescue more than 200 girls who were kidnapped from their school last month.
Sunday Alamba AP

The gunmen who abducted 276 girls from a school in Nigeria last month wore uniforms and said they were soldiers who had come to help, according to a girl who escaped her captors. The girls were led outside — and it wasn't until the gunmen stole food and set fire to the school that the girls became certain they were in trouble.

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6:49am

Tue May 6, 2014
The Two-Way

U-2 Spy Plane Disrupted Hundreds Of Flights, FAA Acknowledges

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 3:25 pm

The Air Force's U-2 spy plane first took flight in August 1955. One of the planes confused air traffic control computers in California last week, creating havoc.
USAF Getty Images

A snarl of air traffic over California last week is being blamed on a Cold War-era spy plane whose flight plan did not compute for air traffic control computers. After the altitude of the U-2 plane was misinterpreted, efforts to route airliners around it created havoc.

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3:34pm

Sun May 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Circus Performers Injured During Hair-Hanging Stunt

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 7:04 am

Rhode Island state troopers and Providence police stand in the lobby of the Dunkin' Donuts Center after an accident during the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance Sunday.
Stew Milne AP

Updated at 1:55 a.m. EDT Monday:

Inspectors have yet to determine what caused Sunday's horrifying accident during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in Providence, R.I.

Rhode Island Hospital in Providence admitted 11 patients with varying injuries, spokeswoman Jill Reuter told The Associated Press. One was said to be in critical condition. Nine performers were injured when a support apparatus failed during an aerial stunt, while an unknown number of others suffered less serious injuries.

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2:22pm

Sun May 4, 2014
The Two-Way

First Openly Gay Episcopal Bishop Announces Divorce

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 3:52 pm

Bishop Gene Robinson, seen here in 2010, has announced that he and his long-time partner will be getting a divorce.
Neilson Barnard Getty Images

Bishop Gene Robinson says he and his husband, Mark Andrew, are getting a divorce. The first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Robinson retired last year, a decade after his election alienated many conservative Anglicans.

The pair had been together for 25 years. Robinson disclosed the divorce this weekend, in an email to the Diocese of New Hampshire and in a column for The Daily Beast in which he wrote:

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11:39am

Sun May 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Sinn Fein's Adams Is Released; Was Questioned About Murder

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 3:39 pm

Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly speaks to the media outside Antrim's police station in Antrim, Northern Ireland, Sunday. Police released Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams after five days of questioning him about the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.
Peter Morrison AP

Gerry Adams, the leader of the mostly Catholic party Sinn Fein, was released Sunday after five days of police questioning about a 1972 murder. Adams' arrest had rattled the delicate power-sharing arrangement in Northern Ireland. His release was confirmed by a police statement today.

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10:42am

Sun May 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Slipping Through The City: Bristol Turns Street Into A Water Slide

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 3:30 pm

A woman slides on the nearly 300-feet Bristol Park and Slide project, an interactive temporary installation by artist Luke Jerram in the center of Bristol in southwest England Sunday.
Leon Neal AFP/Getty Images

Summer hasn't officially begun, but that isn't stopping the city of Bristol, England, from closing off traffic so people can ride a nearly 300-foot-long water slide down the street.

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9:38am

Sun May 4, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine: Pro-Russia Crowd Surrounds Police Station In Odessa

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 3:50 pm

Participants at a rally attack a police station in Odessa as they demand the release of people arrested after recent street battles between pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian supporters in the Black Sea port city.
Gleb Garanich Reuters /Landov

Urging the release of separatists detained during Friday's unrest that left dozens dead, more than 100 pro-Russia activists surrounded a police station in the southern Ukrainian port city of Odessa Sunday.

Update at 4:30 p.m. ET: More Activists Released

Police in Odessa say 67 pro-Russia activists were freed Sunday.

CNN quotes the Ukrainian Interior Ministry's website:

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8:39am

Sun May 4, 2014
The Two-Way

May the Fourth Be With You: It's Star Wars Day

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 8:41 am

Fans dressed as storm troopers and Darth Vader march in front of the Colosseum in central Rome on May 4, Star Wars Day.
TIZIANA FABI AFP/Getty Images

Darth Vader walks the Earth today. By that, we mean he's walking all over the place. Fans of the sci-fi franchise are celebrating Star Wars Day — or May 4 for the less geek-inclined.

The day brings an excuse for people to dress as storm troopers and rebels and celebrate the films that first hit theaters in 1977. Star Wars Day is also being commemorated by businesses offering deals — discounts on videos, comics and other merchandise, from backpacks to Vans sneakers. You can find a list of the deals here.

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7:11am

Sun May 4, 2014
The Two-Way

For The Clippers, Something To Cheer: A Win In Game 7

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 7:21 pm

L.A. Clippers forward Blake Griffin shoots in the lane during his team's win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 Saturday night. The Clippers won 126-121.
Mark J. Terrill AP

The postseason continues for the Los Angeles Clippers, who won a pivotal Game 7 Saturday night, days after the team's owner was banned for life by the NBA. The Clippers ended the Golden State Warriors' season in a back-and-forth game that came down to the final minute.

In a high-octane game that was marked by the Warriors' 3-point shooting and the Clippers' late dunks, Los Angeles held on to win, 126-121.

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3:32pm

Sat May 3, 2014
The Two-Way

GM Fuel Gauge Recall Affects Thousands Of SUVs

A new GM recall over defective fuel gauges affects the 2014 Buick Enclave (seen here), along with the Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia.
AP

Weeks after issuing recalls for safety problems in some of its most popular cars, GM says it needs to fix defective fuel gauges that can give SUV drivers little or no warning their vehicle might run out of fuel. GM's latest recall potentially affects 51,640 SUVs that were built in 2013.

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12:47pm

Sat May 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Deadly Virus Sparks French Ban On Live Pigs From U.S.

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 1:37 pm

France has banned imports of live pigs and other products from the U.S. to keep out a virus that has killed more than 4 million pigs in the U.S. Here, young pigs look out of a pen at a North Dakota hog farm in a 2005 file photo.
Will Kincaid AP

France has banned imports of live pigs and related products from the U.S. and other countries in an attempt to keep a deadly virus that has killed millions of piglets in North America and Asia from spreading. The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus has spread rapidly since the first U.S. case was reported last year.

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10:54am

Sat May 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dies; Played Sleuths On TV Hits

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 2:00 pm

Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr., seen here at his California home in 1982, died Friday, his family announced.
Wally Fong AP

Efrem Zimbalist Jr., an actor whose streak of leading-man success on TV stretched over three decades, has died. Zimbalist, who starred on ABC's 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I., was 95; his family announced his death, saying he died at home on Friday.

"We are heartbroken to announce the passing into peace of our beloved father, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., today at his Solvang ranch," the family said in a statement. "He actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf and visiting with close friends."

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9:31am

Sat May 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Afghan Landslide: Search For Survivors Ends; Thousands Feared Dead

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 1:28 pm

Afghan villagers pray at the site of a landslide in Abi-Barik Saturday. Rescuers searched in vain for survivors of the disaster, which is feared to have killed more than 2,000 people.
Shah Marai AFP/Getty Images

More than 2,000 people are believed to be dead after a hillside collapsed on part of a remote village in Afghanistan, where rescue attempts have largely been abandoned. Heavy rain prompted the landslide, which enclosed hundreds of houses in more than 30 feet of mud.

The U.N. and relief agencies are working to help more than 4,000 displaced people in Abi-Barik, the village in northeastern Afghanistan's Badakhshan province where the landslide occurred.

The event took place in two stages, the BBC reports:

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8:18am

Sat May 3, 2014
The Two-Way

European Observers Held By Pro-Russian Force Are Freed In Ukraine

Originally published on Sat May 3, 2014 12:47 pm

Military observers including German Col. Axel Schneider, second left, hug each other after being released in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday. They were released to Russian envoy Vladimir Lukin, left.
Alexander Zemlianichenko AP

Seven European military observers are free Saturday, more than a week after they were seized by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The move comes as Kiev applies military pressure to separatists who have claimed territory and buildings in the region.

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3:45pm

Tue April 29, 2014
The Two-Way

Reactions To NBA's Ban Of Clippers Owner Donald Sterling

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 10:24 pm

Former and current NBA players (from left) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Roger Mason, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the Lakers' Steve Nash and former Laker and Clipper Norm Nixon, welcome the NBA's ban of Clippers owner Donald Sterling Tuesday.
Noel Vasquez Getty Images

Current and former NBA players praised the league's decision to punish LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban over racist remarks he made in an audio recording. Commissioner Adam Silver announced the punishment Tuesday, days after the audio emerged.

In addition to the lifetime ban, the NBA also fined Sterling $2.5 million.

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