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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11:04am

Wed May 13, 2015
The Two-Way

Nepal Update: Quake's Death Toll Rises; U.S. Chopper Still Missing

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 11:54 am

A woman in Kathmandu walks past rubble following several massive earthquakes in Nepal. Officials say at least 76 people died in Tuesday's magnitude-7.3 quake.
Jonas Gratzer Getty Images

Emergency officials in Nepal say at least 76 people have died in Tuesday's earthquake, which hit as the small country is still coping with a prior quake that killed more than 8,000. A U.S. Marine helicopter that had been aiding relief efforts remains missing.

On April 25, a magnitude-7.8 temblor devastated swaths of Nepal. The most recent quake was measured at 7.3, followed by a 6.3 quake half an hour later. Aftershocks continued to strike Wednesday, including at least two that hit shortly after noon, each around magnitude-5.

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3:37pm

Tue May 12, 2015
The Two-Way

'Unsettling' Lucille Ball Sculpture Will Move To New Home In N.Y.

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 5:19 pm

A bronze sculpture of Lucille Ball is displayed in her hometown of Celoron, N.Y. Since the sculpture was unveiled in 2009, it has been blasted by critics — and now there are plans to move it.
The Post-Journal AP

Instead of being destroyed or altered, the notoriously scary statue of Lucille Ball that graces her hometown in New York will be moved to a new National Comedy Center that's being built nearby.

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12:59pm

Tue May 12, 2015
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2015 Rankings List Most 'Bicycle Friendly' U.S. States

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 2:53 pm

A cyclist rides through a congested intersection in Portland, Oregon; the state is No. 6 on the League of American Bicyclists' new rankings of U.S. states.
Randy L. Rasmussen The Oregonian /Landov

For the second-straight year, Washington and Minnesota took the top two spots on an annual list of states that are best for cyclists. But the League of American Bicyclists' rankings also show that no state scored higher than 67 points out of 100.

Last on the list was Alabama, which has occupied the No. 50 slot in four of the past eight rankings. The state earned a score of 12.3 points.

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10:33am

Tue May 12, 2015
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Blogger Is Hacked To Death In Bangladesh After Promoting Secular Thought

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 12:35 pm

Secular activists protest the killing of Bangladeshi blogger Ananta Bijoy Das in Bangladesh on Tuesday.
EPA/Landov

For the third time this year, a blogger has died after a brutal attack on a street in Bangladesh. The writer Ananta Bijoy Das was killed by men wielding machetes. He wrote for the same blog founded by Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American who died in a similar attack in February.

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6:19pm

Mon May 11, 2015
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U.S. Gives Conditional OK To Shell Oil For Drilling Off Alaska's Arctic Shore

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 6:59 pm

The Obama administration has given conditional approval to Shell Oil's plan to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this summer. The company wants to resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska; it broke off that effort in 2012 because of safety problems.

Monday's news is a new sign that Shell could soon recoup some of the several billion dollars it has spent on federal leases and other preparations in recent years.

From Alaska's Aleutian Islands, KUCB's Annie Ropeik reports:

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6:16pm

Mon May 11, 2015
The Two-Way

NFL Suspends Tom Brady For 4 Games Over 'Deflategate' Scandal

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 9:51 am

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2015 season, for "conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL."
Larry W. Smith EPA/Landov

Days after a lengthy report found it was "more probable than not" that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady knew of rule-breaking, the NFL has issued its punishment: a four-game suspension for Brady and a $1 million fine for the Patriots.

Brady will sit out the first four games of the 2015 regular season without pay, the NFL says, citing "conduct detrimental to the integrity of the NFL."

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4:01pm

Mon May 11, 2015
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George Zimmerman Injured After Gun Is Reportedly Fired At His Car

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:52 pm

George Zimmerman, seen here in a Seminole County Sheriff's Office photo in January, was reportedly shot at while in his car Monday.
Getty Images

A roadway shooting in Central Florida occurred Monday that involved George Zimmerman, police confirm. Zimmerman reportedly suffered minor injuries from shattered glass after a bullet was fired into his car's passenger window. Early reports indicated that Zimmerman had been shot; we're not seeing evidence of that.

Update at 4:10 p.m. ET: Police Say Both Parties Reported Shooting

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3:12pm

Mon May 11, 2015
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Jury: Starbucks' Free Coffee Not At Fault In Police Officer's Burn Claims

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:30 pm

A police officer blamed Starbucks after his hot coffee spilled, saying it resulted in burns and other medical problems. A jury in Raleigh, N.C., does not agree.
Joe Skipper Reuters /Landov

A North Carolina jury has rejected a $750,000 civil lawsuit filed by Lt. Matthew Kohr of the Raleigh Police Department, who said a Starbucks store had given him a large cup of hot coffee with an unsecured lid.

Last week, Kohr's attorney said the free cup of coffee spilled onto the officer's lap because it didn't have a properly attached lid or an insulating cardboard sleeve. Evidence submitted in court included photos showing red burn marks.

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5:57pm

Fri May 8, 2015
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At 13 Billion Light-Years Away, Galaxy Is Farthest To Be Measured From Earth

An image of the galaxy EGS-zs8-1, which set a new distance record after researchers determined it was more than 13 billion light-years away.
NASA, ESA, P. Oesch, and I. Momcheva, and the 3D-HST and HUDF09/XDF teams

A new glimpse of what the universe looked like in its youth has been captured, thanks to researchers who determined that light from the galaxy known as EGS-zs8-1 has spent more than 13 billion years traveling to reach us here on Earth.

The blue galaxy, which was named for its coloration after its initial discovery by the Hubble telescope, was studied by a team of astronomers based at Yale University and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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4:14pm

Fri May 8, 2015
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We're In The Age Of Noah And Emma: Most Popular Baby Names Of 2014

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:17 pm

The top names for newborns in the U.S. last year were Noah and Emma, followed by Liam and Olivia. Third on the list were Mason and Sophia.
Sally Anscombe Getty Images

Sophia's time as the most popular name for little girls born in the U.S. is reportedly over; it was replaced by Emma in the government's 2014 data that were released Friday. Repeating as the top boy's name is Noah, followed by Liam.

That's the news from the Social Security Administration, which says, "There are a few new names in the top 10 this year — James (a former No. 1 from the '40s and '50s) on the blue side and Charlotte on the pink side, her first time ever in the top 10."

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