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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3:36pm

Sat September 13, 2014
The Two-Way

San Diego School District's New 18-Ton Armored Vehicle Creates Stir

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:40 am

The school district has released two renderings of what the MRAP might look like after its tan military color is painted over. In one version, it's police blue; another depicts it as more of an ambulance, white with a red cross.
San Diego Unified School District

News that San Diego Unified School District has acquired an MRAP, or mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle, is adding a new facet to discussions about the practice of giving surplus military equipment to civilian agencies.

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11:48am

Sat September 13, 2014
The Two-Way

A Talent That Bridged Genres: Jazz Pianist Joe Sample Dies

Pianist and composer Joe Sample, seen here at the 2010 Beirut Jazz Festival in Lebanon, has died at age 75.
NABIL MOUNZER EPA /Landov

10:23am

Sat September 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Phoenix Mercury Wins WNBA Title In A Sweep Of Chicago

The Phoenix Mercury's Diana Taurasi celebrates the team's championship win Friday with DeWanna Bonner (24) and Penny Taylor (13), after beating the Chicago Sky in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.
KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI AP

Overcoming an injury to their star center, the Phoenix Mercury won its third WNBA title last night, beating the Chicago Sky in three games. An eye injury suffered in game two forced Phoenix center Brittney Griner to sit out.

"Phoenix got 24 points each from Candice Dupree and the sublime guard Diana Taurasi – the Finals MVP – to win," NPR's Tom Goldman reports. "The Mercury dominated this year, they won a record 29 regular-season games. They're fitting champions."

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8:39am

Sat September 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine: Peace Disrupted By Barrage; Russia Sends New Aid Convoy

A convoy of Russian trucks crosses the Ukrainian border at the Donetsk-Izvarino custom control checkpoint as Ukrainian refugees look on, Saturday. Russia says the trucks are carrying aid; Ukrainian officials say they don't know what's inside.
SERGEI VENYAVSKY AFP/Getty Images

Rocket fire tested — but didn't break — a week-old cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists Friday night. The deal has brought the release of dozens of prisoners and cut the number of casualties from fighting, even as both sides have reportedly violated its rules in skirmishes.

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7:35am

Sat September 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Northern Lights Put On Show, Thanks To Large Solar Flare

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 7:50 am

The "Aurora Forecast" from NOAA shows areas of the U.S. and Canada where the northern lights could have been visible Friday night.
NOAA

The sky danced with bands of green, yellow and other colors last night, as the aurora borealis, or northern lights, dazzled viewers in the upper Northern Hemisphere. The light show was sparked by a powerful solar flare that erupted from the sun Wednesday.

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6:51am

Sat September 13, 2014
The Two-Way

2 Troopers Shot At Pennsylvania State Police Barracks

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 4:06 pm

Police are searching for a shooter who opened fire at a state police barracks in northeast Pennsylvania. The attack killed one trooper and left another wounded, police say. The troopers were shot at a barracks in Pike County.

This story is developing; we'll provide updates as they come in.

From the AP:

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4:34pm

Tue September 9, 2014
The Two-Way

One Month Later: Michael Brown's Family Calls For Arrest

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 5:16 pm

Michael Brown's parents Lesley McSpadden (left) and Michael Brown Sr. (right) flank attorney Anthony Gray as he speaks at a news conference held Tuesday, one month after Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Mo.
Jeff Roberson AP

The family of Michael Brown issued a new call for the police officer who shot and killed the 18-year-old to be arrested Tuesday. Supporters of the family held a news conference in Ferguson, Mo., where Officer Darren Wilson had a fatal confrontation with the unarmed Brown one month ago today.

From St. Louis Public Radio, Emanuele Berry reports:

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11:58am

Tue September 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Janay Rice Says Assault Video Has Brought A 'Nightmare' To Life

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 12:54 pm

The Baltimore Ravens released running back Ray Rice from the team Monday, after video emerged of him assaulting his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer. On Tuesday, Janay Rice said the media has exploited a moment that they both regret.
Patrick Semansky AP

The wife of Ray Rice, whose NFL career was derailed Monday by the release of surveillance footage showing him hitting his then-fiancee in an elevator, says the new attention is making the couple relive one of the most painful moments of their lives. Janay Rice says the media have used the episode to boost ratings.

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10:55am

Tue September 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Apple Shows Off Larger iPhone 6; Unveils New Apple Watch

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 3:03 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch Tuesday in Cupertino, Calif. Apple unveiled the long-awaited smart watch, which comes in two sizes and requires an iPhone.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

After months of rumors and dozens of fan-created images of what an Apple watch might look like, today the tech giant will show us what it's been working on. Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled a new smart watch at a splashy event in Cupertino, Calif., called the Apple Watch

We'll be updating this post with news from Apple today, including tweets from NPR's Laura Sydell, who's at the event at the Flint Center.

Update at 2:40 p.m. ET: Apple Watch Price: $349

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5:30pm

Mon September 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Floods Hit Phoenix In Area's Wettest Day Ever Recorded

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 7:24 am

Scottsdale, Ariz., also experienced flooding near 78th and Roosevelt streets. This area is designed as a runoff wash.
Nick Blumberg KJZZ

Roads both big and small have been overtaken with rainwater in the Phoenix area today, after strong storms hit early this morning. At least one death has been reported in the region, and a state of emergency has been declared.

Weather experts say that the more than 3 inches of rain already recorded in the Phoenix region Monday breaks a record that was set more than 70 years ago.

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4:28pm

Mon September 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Iraqi Parliament Approves New Government Led By Abadi

After months of uncertainty and political wrangling, Iraq has a new government, led by Shiite Haider al-Abadi. After hours in session Monday, the country's parliament gave its approval to Abadi and several cabinet ministers.

Abadi was nominated to lead Iraq last month, as support for Nouri al-Maliki unraveled in the face of factional strife and the advances of extremists the Islamic State. One month ago, as Maliki attempted to hold on to power, Abadi's nomination sparked demonstrations by Maliki's supporters. Today, Maliki was given a vice president post.

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12:32pm

Mon September 8, 2014
The Two-Way

NFL's Baltimore Ravens Cut Ray Rice After New Video Surfaces

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 7:25 pm

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was suspended by the NFL for two games this season after an incident in which he assaulted his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer.
Patrick Semansky AP

A leaked video of the altercation between football star Ray Rice and his then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, that took place earlier this year has led the Baltimore Ravens to terminate Rice's contract.

The NFL says Rice has also been suspended indefinitely.

The newly released video shows the couple in an apparent argument before Palmer collapses after being hit in the face. It emerged early Monday, days before Rice's two-game suspension over the incident had been set to end.

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10:14am

Mon September 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Chick-Fil-A Founder S. Truett Cathy Dies At 93

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 4:41 pm

Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy, seen here with his classic car collection, died Monday at age 93.
Chick-fil-A

Fifty years after he created the sandwich that launched America's top chicken restaurant chain, Georgia businessman Samuel Truett Cathy died early Monday. Cathy's Chick-fil-A has now grown to $5 billion in annual sales, and its stores still close on Sundays, reflecting its founder's religious beliefs.

Cathy's death was announced by Chick-fil-A, which said, "He died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones."

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4:15pm

Sun September 7, 2014
The Two-Way

As Scotland Eyes Independence, Poll Gives Edge To Leaving The U.K.

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:21 pm

A display along a country road between Perth and Pitlochry urges Scots to stick with the United Kingdom.
Melisa Goh NPR

In less than two weeks, voters in Scotland will decide whether to pursue their independence from the United Kingdom — and for the first time, a poll shows the push to break away now has the edge over the "unity" vote.

The Scottish National Party has been urging people to vote "Yes" in the Sept. 18 vote on splitting with the U.K. The group recently published a video touting Scotland's economic strength and its energy assets. The video closes by urging voters to "put Scotland's future in Scotland's hands."

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2:54pm

Sun September 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Serena Williams Wins U.S. Open For 18th Grand Slam Title

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 10:19 pm

Serena Williams reacts after defeating Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark to win their women's singles final match of the 2014 U.S. Open on Sunday. The win was Williams' 18th Grand Slam title.
Al Bello Getty Images

When Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki faced off Sunday, the current and former world No. 1 players were both trying to make their own brand of history. For Williams, it was a chance to match Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova; for Wozniacki, a win would have brought her first Grand Slam title.

But Williams, who has been dominating this tournament, did not slow down and quickly took the first two sets 6-3, 6-3.

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