Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a blogger and producer who currently works on The Two Way, NPR's flagship blog. In the past, he has coordinated digital features for Morning Edition and Fresh Air, and edited the rundown of All Things Considered. He frequently contributes to other NPR blogs, such as All Tech Considered and The Salt.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to being the lead writer and editor on 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 has trained both digital and radio staff to use digital tools to tell compelling stories, in addition to "evangelizing" — promoting more collaboration between legacy and digital departments.

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 during the Iraq war.

Chappell's work for CNN also included producing Web stories and editing digital video for SI.com, and editing and producing stories for CNN.com's features division.

Before joining CNN, Chappell wrote about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies, in addition to his first job: editing the police blotter.

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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2:13pm

Mon July 20, 2015
The Two-Way

Military Finds U.S. Paid $14.7 Million For Overdue Warehouses In Afghanistan

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 2:51 pm

The interior of one of several large warehouses at Kandahar Airfield. Because the U.S. military can't use them, they'll likely pass to the Afghan government.
SIGAR

Early last year, the Pentagon's Defense Logistics Agency accepted a $14.7 million warehouse facility. Newly built in Afghanistan, it had 173,428 square feet of climate-controlled space — but it was finished so late that it never fulfilled its intended use. Now it's likely to be transferred to the Afghan government.

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10:18am

Mon July 20, 2015
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Affair-Enabling Website Ashley Madison Is Compromised By Hackers

Originally published on Mon July 20, 2015 11:43 am

The website of the "married dating" service Ashley Madison was the target of hackers who are now demanding that the service be discontinued.
AshleyMadison.com

Ashley Madison, a website that helps millions of married people cheat on their spouses, has lost a trove of personal and confidential information to hackers who are threatening to release the data of more than 37 million users.

News of the data hack comes at a time when Ashley Madison's parent company has raised its profile by backing a related TV show; its leaders have also discussed a potential $200 million stock offering.

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4:30pm

Fri July 17, 2015
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Marine Corps Identifies 4 Service Members Who Died In Chattanooga Attack

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 10:40 pm

Caroline Dove holds a photo of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Skip Wells, her boyfriend, at her home in Savannah, Ga., on Friday. Wells was among four Marines killed Thursday in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Russ Bynum AP

Updated at 10:40 p.m. ET

Their experience levels ranged from multiple deployments in war zones to one year in the service with no deployments. Their homes ranged from Georgia to Wisconsin, but their lives converged in Thursday's deadly attack in Tennessee.

The Marine Corps has formally identified the victims as Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, and Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells.

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11:23am

Fri July 17, 2015
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Mocked And Maligned, Japan Spikes Plan For $2 Billion Olympic Stadium

Originally published on Fri July 17, 2015 5:24 pm

Tokyo's proposed National Stadium, a key part of its 2020 Olympics plan, is being reopened to design proposals after Japanese officials said new cost estimates had risen sharply.
Japan Sports Council

Its cost had swollen to more than $2 billion; its design sparked an unflattering meme. And now Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has ordered organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to start over with their plan to build a centerpiece stadium.

"I have decided to bring the current (building) plan for the new National Stadium back to the drawing board and review the plan from scratch," Abe said, according to Kyodo News.

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12:39pm

Wed July 15, 2015
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Motorcycles Can Now Run Problematic Red Lights In Kentucky

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 3:17 pm

As of Wednesday, Kentucky has made it legal for people on motorcycles to run red lights after waiting for them to change. A motorcyclist rides in Kentucky in this file photo.
Reuters /Landov

A new law that was prompted by motorcycles' inability to trigger sensors at traffic signals takes effect in Kentucky today, allowing motorcyclists to run a red light after they've come to a complete stop and waited for it to change.

Under the new law, people on motorcycles can move through a light only after they've stopped and waited for either two minutes or, as the bill says, if "the traffic control signal at the intersection has completed two (2) lighting cycles."

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10:43am

Wed July 15, 2015
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Malware And Hacking Forum Darkode Is Shut Down; Dozens Arrested

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:36 am

The Darkode malware forum was replaced by an image announcing its seizure by authorities Wednesday.
Justice Department

Announcing an international takedown of a malware marketplace, federal officials say that the forum called Darkode has been dismantled and dozens of its members have been arrested. Darkode has been a marketplace to purchase and trade hacking tools since at least 2008.

Investigators say that while the forum's existence was widely known, they hadn't been able to penetrate it until recently. Darkode operated under password protections and required referrals to join. On Wednesday, the site consisted of an image saying that it had been seized by authorities.

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9:58am

Wed July 15, 2015
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Solar Airplane's Round-The-World Trip Is Halted Until 2016

Originally published on Wed July 15, 2015 11:51 am

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Hawaii in early July. The team behind the sun-powered airplane says it will be grounded until next spring.
Solar Impulse | Revillard | Rezo Solar Impulse | Revillard | Rezo

Battery problems on the Solar Impulse, the airplane that has been flying around the world using only the sun's power, have grounded the plane until next spring. The lithium-ion batteries overheated on a recent five-day trip from Japan to Hawaii.

"Irreversible damage to certain parts of the batteries will require repairs which will take several months," organizers said early Wednesday, ending hopes of finishing what would be a record-setting trip by late summer.

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1:11pm

Tue July 14, 2015
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Eric Garner's Family Urges Justice Department To Prosecute Officer

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 1:49 pm

Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, speaks at a news conference at the National Action Network in New York a day after settling a $5.9 million wrongful death case with the city. At far right is Garner's widow, Esaw Garner.
Brendan McDermid Reuters/Landov

Having reached a $5.9 million settlement with New York City over Eric Garner's death last summer, Garner's family says they want a federal indictment of a police officer who helped restrain him. A county grand jury previously opted not to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo, who had his arm wrapped around Garner's neck in a chokehold as Garner struggled to breathe.

"They deserve to be prosecuted. They treated my husband like an animal," Garner's widow, Esaw Garner, said of the police officers who were involved.

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8:54am

Tue July 14, 2015
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NASA Zooms In On Pluto, For Closest Views Yet

Originally published on Tue July 14, 2015 9:50 pm

An image of Pluto that was taken by New Horizons shortly before its flyby Tuesday shows a heart-shaped pattern on the planet's surface. NASA says Pluto "sent a love note back to Earth."
NASA/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

New images of Pluto have arrived from a NASA space probe, and they're already allowing scientists to update what we know about the dwarf planet — such as its size. NASA's New Horizons probe has traveled more than 3 billion miles to send photos and data about Pluto back to Earth.

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2:37pm

Mon July 13, 2015
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Land Rover Recalls 65,000 Vehicles Over Unlatching Doors

Originally published on Mon July 13, 2015 3:15 pm

The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover is among the SUV models included in a new recall over the vehicles' keyless entry software. The automaker says an update will fix a problem in which doors can unexpectedly open.
PR NEWSWIRE

Concerns over the safety of drivers and passengers has prompted Land Rover to issue a recall of more than 65,000 recently made SUVs. The problem stems from keyless entry software that can allow seemingly latched doors to open.

"Some customers have reported that one door has opened while the vehicle was in motion," the company said in an initial report on the flaw in June.

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