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

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, as well as editing and producing stories for'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.


The Two-Way
9:22 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Musical Interlude: Pianist Wows Passengers At Prague Airport

Maan Hamadeh, a musician from Lebanon, put on an impromptu concert in a Prague airport after spotting a piano.

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 1:17 pm

The piano wasn't fancy, and the acoustics were bad. But a performance of Beethoven's "Für Elise" at a Prague airport is drawing rave reviews. The impromptu concert was put on by a traveler who brightened the mood in a departure lounge and earned applause by taking on the classic in a variety of styles.

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The Two-Way
8:38 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Russia Sends Large Aid Convoy Toward A Wary Ukraine

A Ukrainian soldier cleans his armored personnel carrier near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine on Monday. Russia says a large convoy that's heading to the area from Moscow is carrying humanitarian aid.
Anatolii Stepanov AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 1:53 pm

A convoy of 280 white-painted trucks headed from Russia toward Ukraine is being met with suspicion. Russia says the trucks are bringing 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid to an area that's been torn by fighting. But Ukrainian leaders worry that the convoy might conceal a military operation.

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The Two-Way
7:23 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Ebola Update: Spanish Priest Dies; WHO Gives OK To Experimental Drugs

A health worker cleans his hands with chlorinated water before entering an Ebola screening tent Monday at a government hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. The World Health Organization cites 1,848 cases of the deadly disease across West Africa.
Michael Duff AP

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 1:24 pm

Ebola continues to spread in West Africa. The latest figures from the World Health Organization cite 1,848 cases of the disease across the region, and 1,013 deaths. Ebola's victims also include a missionary priest who died in Spain after being evacuated from Liberia last week.

The missionary, Miguel Pajares, 75, died at Madrid's Carlos III Hospital, where he was reportedly being treated with an experimental U.S.-made serum called ZMapp.

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The Two-Way
6:29 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Iraq's Power Struggle: What You Need To Know

An Iraqi woman and child walk toward an Iraqi security armored personnel carrier on a Baghdad street, a sign of the political showdown between incumbent Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and those calling for his tenure to end.
Sabah Arar AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 2:18 am

Iraq's Nouri al-Maliki is refusing to give up his position as prime minister, sending military vehicles into Baghdad's streets Monday after Iraqi President Fuad Masum asked Maliki's fellow Shiite, Haider al-Abadi, to form a government and become the country's new leader.

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The Two-Way
1:17 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

People Wonder: 'If They Gunned Me Down,' What Photo Would Media Use?

The use of different photos to portray shooting victim Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Saturday, prompted an interesting phenomenon on Twitter Monday: Users are posting "dueling" photos of themselves – one where the subject looks wholesome, and another where the same person might look like a troublemaker – with the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown.

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10:59 am
Mon August 11, 2014

NCAA Moves To Appeal Judge's Ruling On Compensating Athletes

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 12:41 pm

The NCAA is moving to appeal a federal judge's ruling that would require the organization to allow colleges to compensate students who play football and basketball. Current and former students had sued on antitrust grounds over the use of their names and images for video games, TV programs and other commercial enterprises.

A judge gave the athletes a victory Friday — but the NCAA has a strong track record when it appeals.

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Mon August 11, 2014

More Questions Than Answers In Deadly Tony Stewart Crash

Tony Stewart is seen Friday preparing for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. Police say no charges are pending against Stewart in the death of another driver at a nearby dirt track Saturday.
Derik Hamilton AP

Originally published on Tue August 12, 2014 12:17 pm

Questions about how Tony Stewart's race car came to strike and kill another driver in a sprint car race Saturday include what prompted the other driver to stand on the track — and why Stewart, an elite NASCAR driver, was racing in the lower-level event. Police who are looking into the death of driver Kevin Ward Jr. say no charges are pending.

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Mon August 11, 2014

New Leader Of Iraq Is Nominated, But Maliki Insists He'll Stay In Office

Iraqis chant pro-government slogans and wave flags in a show of support for embattled Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during a demonstration in Baghdad Monday. Maliki says he will file a legal complaint against the country's newly elected president.
Hadi Mizban AP

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 5:11 pm

Iraq's president has asked the parliament's deputy speaker to form a new government, after members of the Shiite coalition that had backed Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki nominated the deputy, Haider al-Abadi, to the post Monday.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Protesters In St. Louis-Area Call For Accountability In Teen's Death

Protesters confront police during a rally protesting the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.
Sid Hastings AP

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 5:47 pm

This post was updated at 6:40 p.m. ET.

In suburban St. Louis, business owners are cleaning up after a prayer vigil turned violent over the weekend. Meanwhile, protests continue over the death of an unarmed teenager who was shot by police on Saturday.

Reporter Rachel Lippmann of St. Louis Public Radio says about 60 people gathered outside of the Ferguson, Mo., police department Monday. They're calling for police to identify the officer involved and to charge him with murder. Others want the police force diversified in the majority-African-American city.

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The Two-Way
5:56 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

James Brady's Death Is Ruled A Homicide

The death this week of James Brady, the Reagan administration press secretary who was wounded during a 1981 assassination attempt, has been ruled a homicide, according to District of Columbia police. He's seen here with President Clinton in 1993.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 6:32 pm

His wounds were inflicted 33 years ago, but James Brady died from John Hinckley Jr.'s attack on President Reagan, according to Washington, D.C., police who cite a Virginia medical examiner's report. The finding could lead to murder charges against Hinckley.

Update at 6:55 p.m. ET. Cause Of Death: Gunshot

From a D.C. Police Department release today:

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