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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8:21am

Wed June 17, 2015
The Two-Way

Neil Young Is Displeased That Donald Trump Was 'Rockin' In The Free World'

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 5:27 pm

Neil Young says he supports Bernie Sanders — and that Donald Trump shouldn't have used his song "Rockin' in the Free World." He's seen here performing in Los Angeles earlier this year.
Larry Busacca Getty Images for NARAS

When Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he's running for president, the soundtrack at the Trump Tower event was Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World," which was played loudly and repeatedly. But afterward, Young said Trump had used the song without permission — and that he's a Bernie Sanders guy, anyway.

Young's manager released a statement saying:

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7:07am

Wed June 17, 2015
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Storm Pours More Rain On Drenched Texas

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 8:46 am

A weather radar map shows the position of Tropical Depression Bill in Texas, as of Wednesday morning.
National Weather Service

Flood watches have been issued for areas of central and northern Texas, since Tropical Storm Bill came ashore and makes its way up the state. Rainfall of 4-8 inches is forecast in a band stretching from Texas up to Missouri, with some areas receiving up to 12 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

"These rains may produce life-threatening flash floods," the service's forecasters say.

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1:06pm

Tue June 16, 2015
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Man Who Jumped White House Fence Sentenced to 17 Months In Prison

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 2:13 pm

A federal judge has sentenced Omar Gonzalez, the man who breached the Secret Service's protection by scaling a fence at the White House and then entering the building, to 17 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

In March, Gonzalez pleaded guilty to two federal offenses: unlawfully
entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon and one count of assaulting, resisting or impeding certain officers or employees.

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12:55pm

Tue June 16, 2015
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Baseball Hacking: FBI Is Looking Into Possible St. Louis Attack On Houston Astros

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 7:57 pm

Did the St. Louis Cardinals try to steal more than second base from the Houston Astros? The FBI is looking into a hacking attack on a key Astros database. Here, the Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz is tagged out at second by Carlos Correa of the Astros during a spring training game in March.
Stacy Revere Getty Images

Update, 5 p.m. ET:

In a news conference late Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the league has been cooperating fully with the FBI investigation, and that the league will wait until that inquiry is complete to take its own actions.

"In addition to what happened, there's the question of who did it, who knew about it — you know, is the organization responsible, is the individual responsible," Manfred said. "There's a whole set of issues that are gonna need to be sorted through."

Original Post:

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11:30am

Tue June 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Donald Trump Is In, Promises To 'Make America Great Again'

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 1:55 pm

Real estate mogul and TV personality Donald Trump formally announces his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during an event at Trump Tower in New York.
Brendan McDermid Reuters /Landov

Saying that the United States can no longer beat its international competition, Donald Trump announced his candidacy to be the country's next president.

"Our country needs a truly great leader, and we need a truly great leader now," Trump said. He said that rather than being a cheerleader for America, President Obama has been "a negative force."

We need somebody that can take the brand of the United States and make it great again," Trump said. At one point, he also said the country needs a leader who has written The Art of the Deal — his 1987 book.

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11:11am

Tue June 16, 2015
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Balcony Collapse Kills 6 Irish Students In Berkeley, Calif.

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 2:17 pm

A fourth-floor balcony rests on the balcony below after collapsing at the Library Gardens apartment complex in Berkeley, Calif., early Tuesday.
Noah Berger AP

A fourth-floor balcony gave way during a party in northern California late last night, killing at least six exchange students in a building close to the University of California, Berkeley. Seven other people were injured, some of them seriously.

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9:02am

Tue June 16, 2015
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'I Identify As Black,' Rachel Dolezal Says In TV Interview

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 2:04 pm

Rachel Dolezal tells NBC's Today show that she knew "at some point, I would need to address the complexity of my identity."
Today Show/NBC

Former NAACP official Rachel Dolezal shared her views on race — including her own — in a live interview Tuesday, the first time she's spoken with the media since reports emerged that questioned her racial identity.

When the Today show's Matt Lauer asked, "Are you an African-American woman?" Dolezal replied, "I identify as black."

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7:45am

Tue June 16, 2015
The Two-Way

Egyptian Court Sentences Morsi To Life, And Then To Death

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 4:04 pm

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi can appeal his death sentence. He's seen here in the defendants' cage earlier this week, in a criminal court on the outskirts of Cairo.
Amr Sayed APA /Landov

Nearly two years after he was removed from power, former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi received two severe punishments Tuesday: life in prison for espionage charges, and a death sentence over a prison break.

The rulings in Cairo confirm sentences against Morsi that were handed down this spring. NPR's Leila Fadel reports, "The cases have been criticized as show trials with fantastical accusations."

From the courthouse, Leila reports for our Newscast unit:

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6:48am

Tue June 16, 2015
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Al-Qaida Says Its No. 2 Leader Was Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

Originally published on Tue June 16, 2015 2:09 pm

Nasir al-Wahishi, the leader of al-Qaida's branch in Yemen and the group's second-in-command overall, died in a U.S. drone attack, according to a video statement that claims to be from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

The U.S. has not confirmed the account.

Al-Wahishi was part of al-Qaida's "old guard," NPR's Alice Fordham reports for Morning Edition. Al-Wahishi had fought in Afghanistan; he had also been Osama bin Laden's personal secretary.

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5:34pm

Mon June 15, 2015
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N.Y. Prison Break Search Is Costing $1 Million A Day

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 6:12 pm

Clinton County, N.Y., District Attorney Andrew Wylie says the search for two convicted killers who escaped from prison is costing $1 million a day. Wylie has also said the inmates may have used power tools left behind by maintenance contractors.

Officials say that it likely took weeks for the escape plan to come together, as the inmates worked their way through tunnels and utility corridors to cut through walls and a steam pipe.

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