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.

Pages

10:20am

Sat November 1, 2014
The Two-Way

National Blackout: Bangladesh Hit By Massive Power Outage

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 3:41 am

A customer walks past a sales counter in a shopping mall during a blackout in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday. Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed.
A.M. Ahad AP

An electrical link that supplies Bangladesh's power grid with electricity from India failed Saturday, plunging most of the country into a blackout. Attempts to restore power met only with limited success before officials finally made a breakthrough late Saturday.

Most of the country's population of more than 160 million people went without electricity for more than 8 hours.

Update at 3:30 p.m. ET: Power Returns To Many

Read more

9:25am

Sat November 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Three Years In Prison For Egyptian Men In Purported Gay Marriage Video

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 11:57 am

A video of a celebration centering on two men drew discussions on social media — and the attention of Egyptian prosecutors.
YouTube

A court in Cairo sentenced eight men to three years in prison today, over charges of "debauchery" stemming from an online video that showed the men celebrating what appeared to be a same-sex wedding in August.

Read more

7:11am

Sat November 1, 2014
The Two-Way

Boko Haram Says Kidnapped Girls Are Now 'Married'

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 11:54 am

People call for the Nigerian government to rescue girls taken from a secondary school in Chibok region, during a protest earlier this month. Boko Haram, the group that took the girls, says they have been "married off."
Olamikan Gbemiga AP

Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram says the more than 200 girls it kidnapped from a school in April are now married. The group made the claim as its leader denied stories that it has reached a cease fire deal.

"We have married them off. They are in their marital homes," Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said of the girls, in a video that was obtained by Agence France-Presse.

From Lagos, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports:

Read more

5:23pm

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Firm Buys Big Bike-Share Service; Expansion And Higher Rates Seen

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 1:29 pm

A Citi Bike user pedals off from a bicycle station. The company that owns the service in New York and other cities has been sold, after suffering problems tied to its supply chain and the weather.
John Moore Getty Images

Alta Bicycle Share, the company that manages bike-sharing programs in New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities, has been sold to an investment group that includes executives in fitness club operator Equinox and real estate firm Related Companies. The new owners say they'll expand the service in New York, where customers now take more than 1 million trips a month on Citi Bike.

Read more

12:47pm

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Thieves Tunnel Into Indian Bank Vault — From Across The Street

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 4:06 pm

When a branch of Punjab National Bank in northern India opened for business Monday, the staff was surprised to find it had been robbed, the strongroom breached from underground by thieves who had dug a tunnel from an empty building some 125 feet away. They had plundered about a quarter of the room's 360 secure lockers before making their getaway.

Read more

10:09am

Tue October 28, 2014
The Two-Way

Australia Blocks New Visas From West Africa Over Ebola Outbreak

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 11:57 am

Australia is no longer processing new visa applications from the three worst-hit countries in Africa's Ebola outbreak. Here, a jetliner prepares to land at Sydney's international airport.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Australia's immigration agency has ceased processing new visa applications from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, over concerns about the possible spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The country has also shut down an aid program in West Africa, Australia's immigration chief says. The move is drawing criticism.

Read more

4:04pm

Mon October 27, 2014
The Two-Way

CDC Chief Announces New Shift In Ebola Protocols

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 5:06 pm

Members of a cleaning crew clear the New York apartment of Dr. Craig Spencer, who has been diagnosed with Ebola, on Friday.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters/Landov

In the latest tweak to America's plan to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leader Dr. Tom Frieden announced changes to the U.S. response to Ebola and the guidance federal agencies are giving to state and local governments.

Read more

1:28pm

Mon October 27, 2014
The Two-Way

CVS Pulls Apple Pay, And Many See A Fight Over Mobile Wallets

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 2:25 pm

One week after Apple's new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, debuted in CVS stores, CVS has backtracked and barred its use. Rite Aid took the same step, leading many observers to note that the two companies are part of a group of retailers that's developing its own payment system, called CurrentC. Partners include Wal-Mart, Best Buy and 7-Eleven.

Read more

10:29am

Mon October 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Chiquita Fruit Company Is Bought By Two Brazilian Firms

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 1:47 pm

Chiquita, whose bananas are found in markets around the U.S., has agreed to sell itself to a coalition of two Brazilian companies.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Chiquita Brands International, the banana and produce firm whose trademark blue stickers have been ubiquitous in American kitchens for decades, is being sold to two Brazilian companies in a deal valued at around $1.3 billion. The Charlotte-based company traces its roots to the 1870s, when American entrepreneurs brought bananas to U.S. consumers from the Caribbean.

Read more

9:51am

Mon October 27, 2014
The Two-Way

Ronnie Milsap Joins Country Music's Hall Of Fame

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 7:39 pm

Singer and songwriter Ronnie Milsap is a new inductee into the Country Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.
Rick Diamond Getty Images

A new class of musicians was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame Sunday night, with blind singer and pianist Ronnie Milsap leading the group. Milsap's career ranged from playing both early R&B and on the Elvis hit "Kentucky Rain" in the 1960s to the heights of solo success in the '70s and '80s. One of his biggest hits was 1980's "Smoky Mountain Rain."

Read more

8:55am

Mon October 27, 2014
The Two-Way

N.J. Says Quarantined Nurse Will Be Discharged, Allowed To Leave

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 1:33 pm

Kaci Hickox, the nurse who spent the weekend in mandatory quarantine after arriving in New Jersey from West Africa, will be discharged from the hospital and allowed to leave the state, officials said today, citing tests that have shown she's been free of any Ebola symptoms for the past 24 hours.

The move could allow Hickox, a Texas native, to travel to Maine, where she currently lives.

Read more

4:09pm

Sun October 26, 2014
The Two-Way

LeVar Burton Reads 'Go The [Expletive] To Sleep'

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 7:42 am

Former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton reads from the 2011 best-seller Go the [bleep] to Sleep.
YouTube

In case any over-exhausted parents might wonder if they're hallucinating, we can assure you: Former Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton did actually give a reading of the 2011 best-seller Go the [bleep] to Sleep this weekend.

Read more

2:59pm

Sun October 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Many Tunisians Vote In Key Test Of Arab Spring's Legacy

A voter raises her ink-stained finger after voting in Tunis Sunday. Tunisians voted in parliamentary elections that bring full democracy finally within their reach, in the cradle of the Arab Spring.
Zoubeir Souissi Reuters /Landov

Nearly four years after staging a revolution that ousted a dictator and promised a future of democracy, Tunisians cast votes in their country's first full parliamentary election Sunday, picking from thousands of candidates. Voter turnout has been reported at around 60 percent of the electorate, according to state media.

"On behalf of all Americans, I congratulate the people of Tunisia on the democratic election of a new parliament," President Obama said in a written statement Sunday, calling the vote "an important milestone in Tunisia's historic political transition."

Read more

12:31pm

Sun October 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Christie Defends Quarantine And Jabs At CDC Over Ebola

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 2:02 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, (right) announced a new mandatory 21-day quarantine Friday, alongside New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Mark Lennihan AP

Gov. Chris Christie says that a new rule requiring a 21-day quarantine for people who've been in contact with Ebola patients is necessary to protect the public in New Jersey and other states — and that the CDC "eventually will come around to our point of view on this."

Dr. Anthony Fauci, leader of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, disagrees, saying the quarantine could hamper efforts to combat the deadly outbreak in West Africa.

Read more

10:56am

Sun October 26, 2014
The Two-Way

Nurse Criticizes Quarantine After Negative Ebola Test, Hires Lawyer

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 3:05 pm

Kaci Hickox, a nurse whose return to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone was sidetracked when she was placed in a mandatory 21-day quarantine Friday, is criticizing the way New Jersey officials have handled her case.

Hickox says she doesn't have a fever; a preliminary blood test came back negative for Ebola. She reportedly hired a civil rights attorney Sunday to work for her release.

Read more

Pages