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
9:29 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Signal 'Just Like' Emergency Beacon Detected In Search For Flight 370

Angus Houston displays a map of the search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Monday. Houston says an Australian navy ship has detected underwater signals consistent with aircraft black boxes, calling it the "most promising lead" so far in the month-old search.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 1:13 pm

Calling it the "most promising lead" so far, the leader of the search for a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner says ships have again detected a signal on the same frequency used by "black box" emergency beacons. But Angus Houston also reiterated that it's too early to draw conclusions.

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The Two-Way
5:33 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

'Deltopia' Spring Break Party Morphs Into Riot In Santa Barbara

A video image from KEYT-TV shows a crowd confronting police during a weekend college party in Southern California that devolved into a street brawl. About 100 people were arrested and at least 44 people were taken to the hospital.
KEYT AP

Dozens of injuries were reported and more than 100 people were arrested in California Saturday, after people who had been attending a street party clashed with police. After the annual party near the University of California, Santa Barbara turned violent last night, hundreds of law enforcement officers were sent in to help.

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The Two-Way
4:20 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Obama Is Poised To Sign Executive Order On Equal Pay And Contractors

Seeking to advance the cause of equal pay for women, President Obama plans to sign an executive order Tuesday barring federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their salaries with each other.

Federal contractors would also be forced to give the Labor Department data about their employees' pay along with their race and gender, under new rules the president is instructing the agency to adopt.

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The Two-Way
1:00 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Women's Final Four: Powerhouse Teams Match Up

Connecticut players stretch during practice on the court hosting the women's Final Four in Nashville. The games tip off today with a 6:30 p.m. ET start time.
John Bazemore AP

Two undefeated teams are still alive in the women's NCAA basketball tournament – and they could meet in a record-setting final Tuesday, if Connecticut and Notre Dame can get past Stanford and Maryland, respectively, on Sunday. The four programs have all won national championships in the past.

The teams will play in Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Here are Sunday's tip-off times on ESPN and WatchESPN online, all times Eastern:

  • Maryland vs. Notre Dame: 6:30 p.m.
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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Atlanta Archbishop Will Sell Mansion Built With Church Money

This new $2.2 million mansion brought a backlash against Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory, who says he will move out of the house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 9:29 am

The archbishop of Atlanta is apologizing for building a multimillion-dollar home with money earmarked for charitable use. Anger erupted over Archbishop Wilton Gregory's $2.2 million mansion last month. The Tudor-style mansion is in Buckhead, one of the city's priciest neighborhoods.

From Atlanta, member station WABE's Jim Burress reports:

"Atlanta's Archbishop says he was wrong to spend so much money.

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The Two-Way
10:31 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Mudslide Tragedy: Donations Outpace Capacity In Oso

Gabriella Botamanenko (center left) hugs her mother, Angela Botamanenko, during a vigil for mudslide victims at the Darrington Community Center Saturday. A March 22 mudslide in a nearby community killed at least 30 and left many missing.
David Ryder Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 11:46 am

It's been two weeks since the massive mudslide came down on a tiny mountain community in Washington state. The disaster killed 30 people; 13 are still missing. The tragedy prompted an outpouring of donations — and officials in Oso say they don't have room for more items.

Federal disaster relief officials are visiting the site Sunday, as member station KUOW's Sara Lerner reports for our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
9:53 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Search For Flight MH370: Ship Detects Pulse Signal Again

Angus Houston, head of the Joint Agency Coordination Center leading the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, says ships are being sent to investigate reports of a signal being detected on a frequency used by black box equipment.
Tony Ashby AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 2:42 pm

Ships and search planes are being sent to investigate a pulse signal that a Chinese patrol ship outfitted with a black-box detector picked up twice this weekend, says Australia's Angus Houston, who is leading the international search effort for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. But he adds that it's too early to say whether the signal is a breakthrough in the search.

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The Two-Way
8:26 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Peter Matthiessen Dies At 86; Wrote Of Travels In The Natural World

Writer Peter Matthiessen died Saturday at age 86 after a long fight with leukemia, according to his publisher. Here, he stands in the yard of his house in Sagaponack, N.Y., in 2004.
Ed Betz AP

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 11:31 am

Author Peter Matthiessen, who used fiction and nonfiction to explore how man relates to nature, has died at 86. The revered naturalist and novelist had been suffering from leukemia; he died Saturday afternoon, his publisher confirmed.

In a career that began in the 1950s, Matthiessen connected readers to people and places that were being irrevocably changed by the modern world. And in the process, he often gave them a window into the changes that shaped his own life, as well.

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The Two-Way
4:26 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

An Astronaut Asks: What Does This Cloud Look Like?

Do you see what I see? That's the question Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield asks about this image he took from the International Space Station.
Cmdr_Hadfield

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 9:54 am

The image comes from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who gained fans last year when he he tweeted photos from the International Space Station, along with his refreshingly wide-eyed excitement at being in orbit.

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The Two-Way
3:35 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Dispute Came Before Fort Hood Shooting, Witnesses Say

U.S. Spc. Ivan Lopez is pictured in the Sinai Peninsula between 2007 and 2008, during his service with the 295th Infantry of the Puerto Rico National Guard in an undated handout photo by PR National Guard. Lopez killed three other soldiers and himself at Fort Hood, Texas, this week, officials say.
Reuters /Landov

The soldier who is believed to have killed three people in a shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, had argued with fellow soldiers over paperwork shortly before violence erupted Wednesday, according to numerous accounts.

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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

NCAA Men's Final Four: Showdown In Texas

The NCAA Final Four gets underway at 6:09 p.m. ET Saturday, as the men's college basketball tournament heads toward its conclusion with Monday night's championship game. Here, Wisconsin players exercise on the court.
David J. Phillip AP

March Madness lives on into April. There are only four teams left in the men's NCAA bracket, as Kentucky, Connecticut, Florida, and Wisconsin vie for spots in Monday night's championship game.

Here are the tip-off times for today's Final Four; the two games will air on TBS (all times Eastern):

  • Florida vs. Connectucit: 6:09 p.m.
  • Wisconsin vs Kentucky: 8:49 p.m.

Here are some highlights of coverage we're seeing:

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The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Ban On Stores' Late Hours Is Lawful, French Court Says

The Paris Sephora store, seen here on a night last fall night on the Champs-Elysees, must close at 9 p.m., a high court has ruled. The cosmetics chain had required workers to keep the store open until midnight.
Kenzo Tribouillard AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 9:53 am

France's ban keeping stores from being open late at night does not run afoul of the country's constitution, a top court has ruled. Cosmetics retailer Sephora had hoped to keep its flagship Paris store open until midnight. Instead, the shop must observe the traditional closing time of 9 p.m., according to the ruling.

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Chinese Ship Reportedly Detects 'Pulse Signal' In Search For Airliner

A map shows the location of a pulse signal that was reportedly detected by a Chinese patrol ship searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. China's state-run media says the signal is being investigated as a possible clue to the missing airliner's final location.
Google Maps

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 11:59 am

A Chinese Coast Guard ship has detected an ultrasonic pulse on a frequency used by black box recorders, according to China's state news agency, fueling new hope that searchers might be closing in on a beacon from the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished weeks ago. The ship found the pulse signal in the south Indian Ocean, Xinhua says.

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The Two-Way
1:39 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

GM CEO Barra Is Grilled Over Handling Of Ignition Switch Defect

As members of Congress prepared to hear testimony from GM's CEO Tuesday, Ken and Jayne Rimer, whose daughter, Natasha Weigel, died in the crash of a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, spoke at a news conference held by family members of deceased drivers.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 6:15 pm

In a hearing before the House Oversight and Investigations panel, GM CEO Mary Barra and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Acting Administrator David Friedman testify Tuesday on concerns surrounding GM's recall of a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to more than a dozen deaths.

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The Two-Way
12:17 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Too French? Nike Rolls Out U.S. World Cup Soccer Uniforms

U.S. men's national team captain models the new World Cup uniform. The kit, unveiled by Nike Tuesday, uses wide bands of color instead of stars or stripes.
Nike

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 5:31 pm

The jerseys America's soccer players will wear at this summer's World Cup are out – and they're attracting attention with their striking departure from previous designs. The uniforms use large swaths of red, white, and blue, in a combination some are comparing to the French national flag. Others say it looks like the Russian flag.

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The Two-Way
10:38 am
Tue April 1, 2014

When The Twit Hit The Fan: 'I'm Still Here,' Colbert Says

Stephen Colbert responded to criticism about a tweet about his show from his TV network Monday, saying he would dismantle the imaginary foundation that created the stir.
Comedy Central

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 5:32 pm

In his first show since a controversy erupted over a Comedy Central tweet about one of his skits last week, Stephen Colbert poked fun at the media, his network and himself Monday night, declaring that despite a #CancelColbert campaign against his show on Twitter, "I'm still here."

The tweet in question, you'll recall, referred to a Colbert skit that aired Wednesday in which he made fun of the Washington Redskins and the team's owner, Dan Snyder, for creating the Original Americans Foundation rather than changing the NFL team's mascot, as critics have demanded.

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The Two-Way
6:38 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

I'm Darth Vader, And I Approve This Message

A man dressed as Darth Vader announced his candidacy for office, representing the Internet Party of Ukraine. The dark lord spoke at his party's conference in Kiev on Saturday.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 10:12 am

Ukraine's presidential election season took an interesting turn over the weekend, as Darth Vader declared his candidacy for the nation's highest office, promising that he knows what it takes to rebuild an empire.

"I alone can make an empire out of a republic to restore former glory, to return lost territories and pride for this country," said Vader, according to Agence France-Presse.

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The Two-Way
4:01 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Hobie Alter, A Legend In Surfing And Sailing, Dies At 80

Hobie Alter, an innovator whose ideas brought surfing and sailing to wide audiences, died this weekend. Here, one of his Hobie Cat sailboats is seen sailing past North Head in Sydney, Australia.
Cameron Spencer Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 5:08 pm

Hobie Alter, whose innovations helped thousands of people go surfing and sailing, died in California on Saturday at age 80. In the 1950s, Alter helped perfect a foam-core surfboard that revolutionized the sport. A decade later, his iconic Hobie Cat catamaran design opened the world of sailing to a wider audience.

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The Two-Way
11:50 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Albuquerque Protest Of Fatal Police Shootings Turns Into Chaos

Riot police faced off with protesters Sunday, during a demonstration against recent police shootings in Albuquerque, N.M. The march lasted at least nine hours.
Russell Contreras AP

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 2:54 pm

An hours-long protest against recent police shootings spun out of control late Sunday in Albuquerque, N.M., as officers in riot gear reportedly used tear gas and other methods to break up crowds. Hundreds of people took part in the rally, which spread over several streets.

Protesters eventually clashed with police, who threw gas canisters and charged at members of the crowd to break up the gathering, according to The Associated Press, which quotes the city's Mayor Richard Berry calling the situation Sunday night "mayhem."

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The Two-Way
9:42 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Japan Must Halt Whaling Program In Antarctic, Court Says

Packs of whale meat are seen in a specialty store in Tokyo last week. An international court ruled Monday that Japan must stop issuing permits to hunt whales in the Antarctic.
Shizuo Kambayashi AP

Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 1:04 pm

An international court has ordered Japan to revoke whaling permits in the Antarctic and stop granting new ones.

The country's government had argued that hunting whales was part of a research program, but the International Court of Justice ruled Monday that Japan hasn't generated enough scientific research to justify killing hundreds of whales. Critics said the hunts were instead a way to justify commercial hunting.

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The Two-Way
4:56 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Martina Hingis Wins Doubles Title, First Since 2007

Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Sabine Lisicki of Germany celebrate match point during Sunday's final of the Sony Open. The pair won, bringing Hingis her first victory since 2007.
Clive Brunskill Getty Images

In perhaps the most compelling match of her comeback to elite tennis, Martina Hingis won the doubles title at the Sony Open Sunday, playing alongside Sabine Lisicki. The pair entered the tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., on a wild card granted by organizers.

"I definitely did not think I would be standing here," Hingis said of the win, according to the Sony Open website. "Hopefully, I'll be back."

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The Two-Way
3:08 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

The Ides Of March Madness: 'Who's Gonna Stop Prospero?'

Paul Edward O'Brien, a stage actor, poet, and oncologist, delivered a Game Day-style analysis of how William Shakespeare's plays would match up in a tournament bracket.
Wesley Moore

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 4:16 pm

What if William Shakespeare's plays faced off in a tournament, like basketball squads spewing Elizabethan verse? That's the idea behind a bracket that pits 32 of the bard's plays against each another, in a contest arranged by New York's New Victory Theater.

Much like the NCAA basketball tournament that inspired it, the theater has been tallying votes and updating its bracket on its road to Stratford-upon-Avon.

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The Two-Way
1:08 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

New Photo Of Prince George Pleases The Internet

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pose with their son, Prince George, for an official family portrait at Kensington Palace.
Jason Bell - Camera Press Getty Images

Britain's monarchy has released a new photo of Prince George, the 8-month-old son of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, showing a cute boy who's more taken with the family dog than with having his picture taken.

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The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Egypt's Presidential Election Is Set For Late May

Egypt will hold its presidential election on May 26 and 27, a government election commission announced Sunday. The results aren't likely to be declared until late June; many expect the country's former military chief to win the office.

From Cairo, NPR's Leila Fadel sent this report to our Newscast unit:

"The date was set days after Egypt's military chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi announced his resignation from the army and declared that he plans to run for president. The elections will begin at the end of May, and a winner will be declared by June 26.

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The Two-Way
12:08 pm
Sun March 30, 2014

Arizona Fans Riot After Close March Madness Loss

Nick Johnson of the Arizona Wildcats is called for an offense foul as he drives on Josh Gasser, No. 21 of the Wisconsin Badgers, in overtime during the West Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Arizona's fans rioted after the close loss.
Jeff Gross Getty Images

Riot police were deployed in Tuscon last night, after University of Arizona students and fans took to the streets to vent their anger over a 1-point loss in overtime that ended their men's basketball team's hopes of playing for a national championship.

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The Two-Way
10:19 am
Sun March 30, 2014

Angry Relatives Of Passengers On Flight 370 Demand Answers

Newly arrived Chinese relatives of passengers of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hold banners while talking to reporters at a hotel in Malaysia Sunday. The search continues for the jetliner that went missing three weeks ago.
Aaron Favila AP

Families who lost loved ones on Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are asking Malaysian officials to explain what happened to the jet that went missing three weeks ago. Dozens of relatives of the missing passengers arrived in Kuala Lampur from China Sunday.

Holding banners with messages like, "Hand us the murderer" and "Give us our relatives back," the family members chanted, "Tell us the truth," at a news conference held at a hotel after their arrival Sunday. Around two-thirds of the flight's passengers are Chinese. The plane had been heading to Beijing when it disappeared.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Sun March 30, 2014

76ers Win To Avoid Setting A New NBA Losing-Streak Record

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 11:59 am

After weeks filled with nothing but losses, the Philadelphia 76ers finally won a basketball game Saturday night, ending a 26-game losing streak that had tied the worst in NBA history. Their last previous win came on Jan. 29.

"It's over," declared the headline at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Just one day earlier, a columnist for the newspaper had declared that infamy was "hovering over the 76ers like a buzzard eying a carcass."

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The Two-Way
8:05 am
Sun March 30, 2014

List Of Those Missing In Washington Mudslide Shrinks By Two-Thirds

Crews work at the mudslide site Oso, Wash., Saturday, one week after a massive mudslide devastated a small community. Officials have dropped the number of missing people from 90 to 30.
David Ryder Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 10:38 pm

Update at 10:30 p.m. Death toll increased

On Sunday, the number of people that have been confirmed dead from the mudslide has been increased from 18 to 21, according to Jason Biermann, program manager at the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management.

The Associated Press has more:

Fifteen of the victims have been identified by the Snohomish County medical examiner, and six have yet to be identified, Biermann said.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

West Virginia's Governor Vetoes Abortion Ban

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 12:05 pm

Calling a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy unconstitutional, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill that would have made it a crime to carry out such a procedure in West Virginia. Tomblin said the bill was a "detriment" to women's health and safety.

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The Two-Way
12:21 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Mudslides And Landslides: Widely Cited Data Is Decades Old

Volunteers unload donated supplies during heavy rains in Darrington, Wash., Friday. One week after a massive mudslide hit nearby Oso, crews are working to find and identify victims. Data about landslides' annual effects are decades old, geologists say.
David Ryder Getty Images

Originally published on Sun March 30, 2014 7:23 am

The official death toll in the mudslide that turned a community into a disaster area in Oso, Wash., remains at 17, as officials work to locate and identify victims.

Update at 11:01 p.m. EDT: New Numbers

The number of deaths climbed by one Saturday to 18, while the number missing and unaccounted for decreased dramatically from 90 to 30, officials from the Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management told reporters.

That number had been expected to fall, as partial reports and duplicates were sorted out.

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