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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10:47am

Tue July 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Police Use Dog To Find Memory And Hard Drives In Search

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 12:18 pm

In June, the 167th Patrol Dog Class graduated from their canine narcotics and electronic media detection training, held by the Connecticut State Police Canine Unit. At far left is Thoreau, who now helps police in Rhode Island find computer hard drives.
Daniel Owen Courtesy of The Hartford Courant

Police in Rhode Island have a secret weapon to fight child pornography: a 2-year-old Labrador named Thoreau, who's been trained to sniff out computer hard drives. The dog is credited with finding a thumb drive that was hidden deep inside a metal cabinet last month.

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10:26am

Tue July 8, 2014
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Senator Asks U.S. To Investigate Possible Cuban Plot Against Him

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:46 am

New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has asked the Justice Department to investigate a smear campaign against him.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Did fake accusations that Sen. Robert Menendez had visited underage prostitutes come from Cuba's intelligence agency? That's the question the senator wants the Justice Department to look into.

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8:10am

Tue July 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Roller Coaster Stops Rolling, Traps Riders High In The Air

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 12:59 pm

A tree branch got in the way of the fun for more than 20 riders who were on the Ninja roller coaster at Six Flags Magic Mountain north of Los Angeles Monday, stranding them above the ground for hours before rescue crews freed them.

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7:59am

Tue July 8, 2014
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U.N. Urges U.S. To Treat Migrants As Refugees

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 12:29 pm

The U.N. is encouraging the U.S., Mexico and other countries to treat migrant children as refugees, on the grounds that they're fleeing danger. Last week, immigration activists demanded that Mexico protect the rights of minors and families crossing its territory, during a protest outside the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.
Damian Dovarganes AP

People who enter the U.S. and nearby countries illegally from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras should not be forced to return home and should be treated as refugees, a U.N. agency says. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says people from those countries are subject to persecution.

From Geneva, Lisa Schlein reports for our Newscast unit:

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7:07am

Tue July 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Ukraine And Militants Continue A Standoff In Donetsk

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 7:54 am

People walk under a destroyed railroad bridge over a main road leading into the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine Monday. Kiev is calling on pro-Russian militants to disarm before holding peace talks.
Dmitry Lovetsky AP

Coming off of two victories this weekend, Ukraine is calling for pro-Russian separatists to lay down their arms in Donetsk before taking part in peace talks. Rebels in the city are reportedly preparing to resist Ukraine's forces.

Plans for talks about a cease-fire are now in limbo, as President Petro Poroshenko and the militants also disagree on the location. From the AP:

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5:50am

Tue July 8, 2014
The Two-Way

Powerful Typhoon Whips Japan's Okinawa Islands

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:03 am

A reporter stands next to a wooden house and restaurant that collapsed across a street due to strong winds from Typhoon Neoguri, in Naha city on the island of Okinawa on Tuesday.
Hitoshi Maeshiro EPA/LANDOV

Bringing winds that gust higher than 100 mph, Typhoon Neoguri is bearing down on the Okinawa island chain in southern Japan. More than 100,000 households are without power, and over a half-million people have reportedly been asked to evacuate.

As it neared the coast, the storm "weakened from its original status as a super typhoon but remained intense," the Japan Times says, "with gusts of more than 250 km per hour (155 mph)."

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5:01am

Tue July 8, 2014
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Israel Expands Attacks On Gaza As Rockets Target Israeli Cities

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 3:36 pm

Israeli soldiers stand on their tanks near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip on Tuesday. Israeli warplanes pounded Gaza with more than 50 strikes overnight after Hamas militants fired scores of rockets over the border.
Jack Guez AFP/Getty Images

Updates at 5:32 p.m. ET

Israel said Tuesday it is expanding its operations against Hamas "and other terrorist organizations" in the Gaza Strip amid an escalation of violence that saw a barrage of rockets fired from the enclave toward Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and other parts of the country.

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11:30am

Mon July 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Meeting Abuse Victims, Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness

Pope Francis spent parts of Sunday and Monday meeting with six people who had been sexually abused by priests, speaking with them about the lingering effects of their experiences and asking for their forgiveness.

The sessions brought the first official meetings with abuse survivors for Francis; his predecessor, Pope Benedict, met with the victims on several occasions.

From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports:

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10:17am

Mon July 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Will You Ride The World's Tallest Water Slide?

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:36 am

A view from the top of the Verrückt water slide's launch point, in a video that showed a recent test of the slide.
Schlitterbahn Development Group

7:32am

Mon July 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Dozens Of Women Reportedly Escape Nigeria's Boko Haram

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:32 am

More than 60 women and girls who had been abducted by Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram have reportedly escaped to freedom, after their captors left for a raid. More than 200 schoolgirls abducted in April remain missing.

Nigerian officials say 68 women were abducted two weeks ago in the country's northeast. The Associated Press, citing a vigilante leader in the town of Maiduguri, reports that 63 of them made it to safety over the weekend.

From Dakar, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports for our Newscast unit:

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6:25am

Mon July 7, 2014
The Two-Way

TSA Tightens Rules For Devices At Overseas Airports

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 2:55 pm

In Paris, soldiers patrol at Charles de Gaulle Airport last week. French airports have reportedly agreed to a new TSA policy requiring electronic devices to be powered up before they're allowed on U.S.-bound flights.
Michel Euler AP

Update at 4:54 p.m. ET

People flying to the U.S. on international flights may want to keep their cellphones charged: Under a new policy, these and other devices might not be allowed on the plane if they can't power up.

The Transportation Security Administration says its new guideline is aimed at certain airports that have direct flights to the U.S. Officials at those overseas facilities should require passengers to turn on electronic devices before they're allowed to board, the TSA says.

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5:50am

Mon July 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Hamas Vows Revenge For Fighters Killed In Air Attack

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:31 am

Palestinians inspect a damaged building after an Israeli airstrike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.
Said Khatib AFP/Getty Images

The Islamic militant group Hamas says it will avenge the deaths of seven militants who reportedly were killed as a result of Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip. Israel says the strikes were retaliation for a burst of rocket fire from Gaza into southern Israel.

From Jerusalem, Daniel Estrin reports:

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4:55am

Mon July 7, 2014
The Two-Way

Eduard Shevardnadze, Former Georgian President, Dies At 86

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 9:06 am

Then-Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze flashes a "V" sign in France in 1989, after attending the International Conference on Chemical Weapons. Shevardnadze died Monday at age 86.
Derrick Ceyrac AFP/Getty Images

Former Soviet minister and Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze, who is credited with helping end the Cold War, died Monday after a long illness, his spokeswoman tells the media.

To remind you of the former leader's career, NPR's Corey Flintoff has this report for our Newscast unit:

"White-haired and dapper, Eduard Shevardnadze was the face of Soviet foreign policy during the era when President Mikhail Gorbachev was attempting to liberalize the Communist bloc.

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11:56am

Thu July 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Purling In Anger: Arrest Breaks Up 'Knit-In' At Vermont Utility

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 4:37 am

Jane Palmer of Monkton, Vt., was arrested after refusing to leave the Vermont Gas Systems headquarters in South Burlington on Wednesday. She and four other women were knitting in protest of a planned pipeline.
Taylor Dobbs Vermont Public Radio

A "knit-in" was broken up in South Burlington on Wednesday, after five women who are unhappy with a Vermont Gas pipeline plan occupied the utility's waiting room — and occupied themselves by knitting.

One woman was bound off by police, taken away in what Vermont Public Radio says were five squad cars that responded to perhaps the most civil of all disobediences.

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9:41am

Thu July 3, 2014
The Two-Way

VIDEO: A 4-Year-Old With A Crossover Dribble

At 4 years old, Josiah Brown is already turning heads in basketball-crazy North Carolina.
WWAY

Basketball player Josiah Brown can dribble with either hand; he has a spin move and he regularly drains shots from outside the lane. But Brown, who lives in Wilmington, N.C., isn't a hot high school prospect, because he's only 4.

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8:25am

Thu July 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Germany Votes For First-Ever Minimum Wage, Around $11.50

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:15 pm

German Labor and Social Affairs Minister Andrea Nahles (center) and Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) cast their votes for a national minimum wage Thursday. The legislation sets a requirement of more than $11.50 in hourly pay.
Clemens Bilan AFP/Getty Images

German lawmakers have approved a minimum hourly wage of 8.50 euros, backing a controversial proposal that would cover many workers starting next year. The amount is equal to more than $11.50 at today's exchange rate.

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6:36am

Thu July 3, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Added 288,000 Jobs In June, Labor Department Says

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 11:27 am

Analysts' expectations of continued growth in the jobs report for June were surpassed by federal data issued this morning, as the Labor Department says U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month. The government released the numbers one day early because of the July 4 holiday.

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET: 288,000 Jobs Added

"Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent," the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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5:22am

Thu July 3, 2014
The Two-Way

Hurricane Arthur Steams Along Eastern Seaboard

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:41 pm

Hurricane Arthur is moving up along the Eastern U.S. coast, bringing complications to July 4 travel and holiday plans. A satellite image shows the storm's position at 5 a.m. ET.
NASA GOES Project
Story last update at 11:55 p.m. ET

Evacuations are under way in parts of North Carolina, where Hurricane Arthur threatens to drench coastal areas. The National Hurricane Center upgraded the storm to a Category 2 hurricane Thursday evening. The storm made landfall near the southern end of the Outer Banks.

Arthur is packing maximum sustained winds of 100 mph and continues to threaten parts of the North Carolina coast.

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12:10pm

Wed July 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Protesters Turn Back Buses Of Immigrant Detainees Near San Diego

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 1:10 pm

Protesters block the arrival of immigrant detainees who were scheduled to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol station in California on Tuesday.
Sam Hodgson Reuters/Landov

A plan to move immigrant detainees to a Border Patrol facility north of San Diego has set off protests and counterprotests this week, as residents and activists argue over how to treat people caught entering the U.S. illegally.

Three buses that were carrying nearly 140 migrants to a processing center were forced to turn around Tuesday, after their path was blocked by protesters urged on by the mayor of Murrieta, Calif. The migrants, mostly women and children, had reportedly crossed the border in Texas and were then flown to San Diego.

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9:41am

Wed July 2, 2014
The Two-Way

Google Glass Faces A Ban In British Movie Theaters

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:03 pm

Just one week after Google Glass went on sale in the U.K., fears of piracy have led to calls to ban the eyewear from being worn in movie theaters.

Criticism of the Google device, which can allow those wearing it to record what they see, has come from the powerful Cinema Exhibitors' Association, which as the BBC reports "has no power to enforce a ban, but instead makes recommendations to most of the country's cinema industry."

From London, Ari Shapiro reports:

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