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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The Two-Way
9:08 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Putin Puts Shawl On China's First Lady, And Censors Leap

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (right) helps put a shawl or coat on Peng Liyuan, wife of China's President Xi Jinping, as Xi talks to President Obama during a fireworks show celebrating the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation session in Beijing.
Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 10:12 am

What seemed to be an innocent moment during the APEC summit in Beijing has grown into a topic of debate, after China's censors moved to erase Russian President Vladimir Putin's act of placing a shawl over the shoulders of Peng Liyuan, the wife of China's President Xi Jinping.

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The Two-Way
7:56 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Sterilization Operations In India Reportedly Kill 9 Women

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 9:41 am

At least nine women have reportedly died, and dozens more are in the hospital, after undergoing laparoscopic tubectomy procedures at a government-run health camp in Chhattisgarh, a state in central India. The surgeries were performed Saturday; the first death was reported Monday morning.

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The Two-Way
6:10 am
Tue November 11, 2014

U.S. And China Move Toward Ending Tariffs On High-Tech Gear

An international tariff on high-tech goods could be rewritten, thanks to negotiations in China. Here, men use smartphones in Beijing last month, days after Apple released its iPhone 6 in the Chinese market.
GREG BAKER AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 11:29 am

A tariff system that adds as much as 25 percent to the cost of American high-tech products could be on the way out, thanks to negotiations at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in China. President Obama announced the new progress Tuesday.

The development could speed the adoption of a new agreement by the World Trade Organization. The current tariff system has been in place for nearly 18 years and now applies to more than $4 trillion in annual global trade, U.S. officials say.

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The Two-Way
4:59 am
Tue November 11, 2014

South Korean Ferry Captain Sentenced To 36 Years

Sewol ferry crew members, whose identities are obscured in this photo at the request of the court, attend verdict proceedings in Gwangju, South Korea, Tuesday. Ferry captain Lee Joon-Seok was sentenced to 36 years in jail.
Getty Images

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 6:22 am

The captain of the Sewol, the South Korean ferry that capsized and killed 304 people, many of them students, has been sentenced to 36 years in prison. The punishment for the April calamity drew shouts and sharp criticism from victims' family members in the courtroom; many had urged a death sentence.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Arctic Front: Blast Of Cold Air Hits Middle Of U.S., Heads East

A map by the National Weather Service predicts winter weather spreading through the north-central U.S. Monday, and spreading east.
National Weather Service

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 12:30 pm

Some forecasters call it an arctic front. Others say it's the good old polar vortex, or simply an "intrusion." By any other name, it'll be just as cold: Weather that hit Alaska last week is rushing down into the U.S., rapidly bringing a drop in temperature that won't end for days.

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The Two-Way
9:03 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Solar Bike Path Opens This Week In The Netherlands

A section of a bike path that uses solar cells to produce electricity is opening for full-time use Wednesday.
SolaRoad

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 10:39 am

A Dutch project that integrates solar panels into a bike commuter path will officially open this week, on a special roadway outside Amsterdam. Power generated by the SolaRoad's panels will be funneled into the national energy grid.

The project in the town of Krommenie is being called the world's first public road that includes embedded solar cells. The crystalline silicon solar cells are encased in two layers of tempered safety glass, mounted in a concrete housing.

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The Two-Way
7:13 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Two Striking Photos From Today's APEC Meetings

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday, prior to their first-ever talks.
Kyodo/Landov

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:52 am

This week's meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum started Monday, but the sessions have already brought us two interesting photos. In one, the leaders of China and Japan reflect their countries' unease; in another, world leaders dress alike.

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The Two-Way
6:11 am
Mon November 10, 2014

In China, Obama Touts Visa Deal, Progress On Free-Trade Pact

President Obama arrives at the Beijing airport Monday. Speaking at the APEC summit, the president unveiled a new deal to ease visa restrictions between the U.S. and China.
Lintao Zhang Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 8:25 am

The U.S. and China are easing visa rules for each other's citizens, in a reciprocal agreement that President Obama says will "benefit everyone from students, to tourists, to businesses large and small." Starting his eight-day visit to East Asia, the president also said "good progress" has recently been made for a free-trade agreement among Pacific Rim countries.

Obama and other leaders are visiting China for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, where the president announced the U.S. and China have agreed to expand their visas beyond the current one-year term.

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The Two-Way
4:49 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Bombing At Nigerian High School Kills Dozens

People inspect the site of a suicide bomb explosion at the Government Science Technical College in Potiskum, Nigeria, Monday. Survivors say a bomber disguised in a school uniform detonated explosives during an assembly at the school.
Adamu Adamu AP

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 6:16 am

A suicide bomber who was reportedly dressed in a student uniform detonated explosives at a large boys' high school in northeastern Nigeria, killing as many as 48 students. The attack during a morning assembly is being blamed on the insurgent group Boko Haram.

From Lagos, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports:

"Disguised as a uniformed high school student, a bomber disrupted weekly assembly by detonating explosives.

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The Two-Way
6:11 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

This Is An Orchestra Under The Influence Of Chili Peppers

Danish concertmaster Erik Heide plays "Jalousie" after downing an vividly hot pepper.
Chili Klaus YouTube

It's not unusual for musicians to play through pain. But instead of blisters or cramps, members of the Danish National Chamber Orchestra recently endured the searing throb of hot peppers. And it was on purpose: Each musician ate one of "the world's hottest chili peppers" whole, as they played a tango.

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The Two-Way
4:27 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Loretta Lynch To Be Nominated As Next U.S. Attorney General

Loretta Lynch, a lead federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, will be announced as President Obama's choice for attorney general Saturday.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 4:31 pm

President Obama will announce his choice of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General this weekend, the White House says. The president will formally announce his intention to nominate Lynch Saturday.

Lynch, whom the White House describes as "a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney's Offices in the country," will be introduced at the White House Saturday, alongside current Attorney General Eric Holder.

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The Two-Way
4:13 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Dallas Ebola Monitoring Period Ends With An All-Clear

The monitoring for potential cases of the deadly Ebola virus ends Friday in Dallas. Former President George W. Bush poses with staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, celebrating the milestone.
AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 4:36 pm

As of Friday afternoon, all of the people in Dallas who officials say could have had contact with a patient with the deadly Ebola virus are being declared free of risk. More than 100 people had been monitored for the 21-day period that marks Ebola's incubation period.

From member station KERA:

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The Two-Way
1:24 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

U.S. Will Send Up To 1,500 More Military Personnel To Iraq

President Obama speaks to the media before meeting with his Cabinet in the White House Friday. The president is ordering up to 1,500 additional military personnel to Iraq, to help Iraqi and Kurdish forces fight the extremist group ISIS.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 2:37 pm

President Obama will bolster the U.S. military force in Iraq with up to 1,500 more personnel, White House press secretary Josh Earnest says, to serve "in a non-combat role to train, advise, and assist Iraqi Security Forces, including Kurdish forces."

The move is the latest U.S. attempt to counteract the extremist group ISIS, which has made significant gains in Iraq and neighboring Syria in recent months.

The new U.S. deployment follows requests from the Iraqi government and the advice of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Earnest says.

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The Two-Way
6:19 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Donor Gives Los Angeles Museum Art Worth $500 Million

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 6:38 pm

In a gift the Los Angeles County Museum of Art says is the largest in its history, billionaire Jerry Perenchio is donating art worth an estimated $500 million to the museum.

From member station KPCC in Los Angeles:

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The Two-Way
5:20 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Rubik's Cube, Bubbles And Green Army Men Join Toy Hall Of Fame

Three toys — green army men, the Rubik's Cube, and bubbles — were inducted to the Toy Hall of Fame Thursday, in a ceremony that included "Bubble Man" Doug Rougeux.
Courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, NY

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 9:10 am

They've littered kids' rooms for decades. And now four well-loved toys have been inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame, beating out fellow nominees such as the Operation skill game and Fisher-Price Little People.

"Magical, iridescent bubbles; monotone, miniature little green army men; and the colorful, puzzling Rubik's Cube became the latest inductees" to the Hall, according to the National Museum of Play, also known as The Strong.

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The Two-Way
4:45 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Gay-Marriage Bans Are Upheld In 4 States By Circuit Court

Gay-marriage supporters follow an opponent of same-sex marriage in August, when four courts argued to preserve their bans on the unions in a federal court in Cincinnati. The court confirmed the states' bans.
Al Behrman AP

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 5:14 pm

Bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee were confirmed by a federal court Thursday, in a ruling that provides yet another shift in the legal fight over the issue.

The 2-1 decision handed down by the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit comes after the four states had argued this summer that their voters had the authority to decide whether to ban marriage between a same-sex couple.

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The Two-Way
1:41 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Star Wars Movie Is Called 'The Force Awakens,' Disney Says

The new Star Wars film that's being made by director J.J. Abrams has a name: The Force Awakens. Disney released that detail today, along with news that it has completed principal photography for the film that is slated for release at the end of 2015.

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The Two-Way
5:49 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Ebola Cases Seen Declining In Liberia, WHO Says In New Update

Health workers sit at the emergency entrance of a Doctors Without Borders clinic in Monrovia. New data seem to show a decline in Ebola cases in Liberia, WHO says.
Zoom Dosso AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:55 am

There are currently 13,042 confirmed or suspected cases of the deadly Ebola virus in six countries, according to the World Health Organization. But the group says its latest figures also hold some good news, as the number of Ebola cases in hard-hit Liberia appear to be on the decline.

WHO released its data for the period up to Nov. 2 Wednesday, saying that Ebola has now been blamed for 4,818 reported deaths.

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The Two-Way
4:40 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

49ers Running Back Retires From NFL, Without Playing A Snap

Marcus Lattimore retired from the NFL Wednesday, ending his hopes of returning from a knee injury to play for the San Francisco 49ers.
Jason O. Watson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:47 pm

Saying his knees wouldn't withstand the punishment the NFL deals out, running back Marcus Lattimore retired from the league Wednesday. Lattimore, 23, suffered serious injuries to both knees in college. He says he chose a higher quality of life over the promise of millions of dollars.

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The Two-Way
1:06 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Obama Cites 'A Moment For Reflection' In Election Results

President Obama answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, one day after Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate and captured their biggest majority in the House in more than 60 years.
Larry Downing Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:33 pm

Speaking one day after his party lost control of the Senate to the Republican Party, President Obama says, "I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell."

We'll update this post with news from the president's remarks, made in an hourlong news conference in the East Room of the White House on the afternoon after Election Day.

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

McConnell Says 'Senate Needs To Be Fixed,' Discussing GOP Gains

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he sees issues where a Republican-led Congress can work with President Obama. McConnell won re-election Tuesday, as his party took control of the Senate.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 12:52 pm

One day after GOP candidates gave their party control of both chambers of Congress, presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate "needs to be fixed" — and that he and his Republican colleagues are willing to work with President Obama on some issues.

We'll update this post with news from McConnell's appearance in Louisville, Ky.

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET: On Obama And The Veto Threat

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The Two-Way
6:45 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GMO Labeling: Colorado Voters Reject Food Measure; Maui Voters Approve

In the latest bids to compel companies to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients, voters in Colorado and Oregon weighed in on the issue Tuesday.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 2:49 pm

In the latest bids for states to compel companies to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, Colorado voters decided the issue in their state today.

Proposition 105, was defeated by a roughly 2-1 margin Tuesday.

Oregon voters also considered a measure, but it is still too close to call — the no vote leading the yes vote by two percentage points with more than 80 percent of the vote counted.

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The Two-Way
10:58 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Newly Released 'Fast And Furious' Documents Include A Slam On Issa

Attorney General Eric Holder listens to Rep. Darryl Issa, R-Calif., on video screen, while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Operation Fast and Furious.
Susan Walsh AP

The Department of Justice released more than 64,000 pages of documents related to its Operation Fast and Furious Monday night, in a move Republicans are calling both a data dump and a victory. The Obama administration had withheld the records, citing executive privilege.

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The Two-Way
8:59 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Governors' Races: Scott Beats Crist In Florida, Quinn Loses In Illinois

Florida Gov. Rick Scott stops by a Republican call center to rally campaign workers on Tuesday in Fort Myers, Fla. Scott has narrowly beaten Charlie Crist, NPR projects.
Erik Kellar Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 2:23 pm

Gov. Rick Scott will hold on to his job in Florida, NPR projects, as the Republican narrowly defeats Charlie Crist, the former GOP governor who was running as a Democrat.

Earlier, Arkansas voters elected Republican Asa Hutchinson as their new governor.

We'll update this post with other gubernatorial race results, particularly in contests that are expected to be close. You can also follow our special coverage at NPR's Election Party.

Update at 11:50 a.m. ET. Hickenlooper Wins Second Term:

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The Two-Way
7:42 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Marijuana Votes: Oregon And D.C. Legalize; Florida Says No To Medical

Early results showed more than a 2-1 lead for a measure to make recreational marijuana use legal in Washington, D.C. A sign promoting the initiative is seen on a corner in the Adams Morgan neighborhood Tuesday.
Allison Shelley Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:09 am

Voters in Washington, D.C., have approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Supporters of the D.C. marijuana measure had a 65-29.5 percent lead as of 9:09 p.m. ET, with 20,727 voting in favor.

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The Two-Way
7:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Fight For The Senate: Republicans Take Control, Adding 7 Seats

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell arrives at his midterm election night rally with his wife, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, in Louisville. McConnell, who won re-election, stands to become the next Senate majority leader.
Shannon Stapleton Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 5:44 am

With a loss by Sen. Mark Pryor, the first Democratic incumbent fell in the 2014 midterms, setting off a chain of events that brought the Republicans a new Senate majority. The man who would lead them in Congress, Sen. Mitch McConnell, coasted to a win in Kentucky.

McConnell was projected to defeat Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes by a 15-point margin, 56 percent to 41 percent, with almost a third of the vote tallied.

In Arkansas, Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor lost to Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, a first-term member of Congress. Pryor has served in the Senate since 2003.

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The Two-Way
5:40 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

How To Follow NPR's Coverage Of Tonight's Midterm Elections

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 7:42 pm

The 2014 midterms will decide the balance of power in Congress, along with who lives in governors' mansions and how states handle issues from marijuana to health insurance. Here's a guide to following the night's events, on NPR and elsewhere.

Join NPR's Election Party, featuring real-time coverage from our Political desk (along with music). To join the discussion, just use the hashtag #nprparty. It will also feature NPR's Election Night special coverage, which starts at 8 p.m. ET and runs until 1 a.m. ET.

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The Two-Way
5:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

2015 Emoji Update Will Include More Diverse Skin Tones

Next year, emoji characters will reflect a wider diversity of races.
Unicode Consortium

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 2:19 pm

Responding to users' complaints about a lack of characters whose skin reflects the variety of people who use smartphones, the group that sets technical standards is adding five more shades to the mix.

The Unicode Consortium had previously backed only one skin color, a yellow-orange tone that it considered generic. But it threw away that approach after a wide call for more variety.

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The Two-Way
4:30 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Federal Judge Overturns Kansas Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Kansas can't deny same-sex couples' requests for a marriage license, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Kerry Wilks (right), one of four women represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in a lawsuit against the ban, spoke with reporters after a hearing Friday.
John Hanna AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 2:18 pm

Saying that the state's ban on marriage between people of the same sex violates the 14th Amendment, a federal judge in Kansas City is ordering Kansas to stop enforcing its ban. Tuesday's injunction takes effect in one week, depending on whether the state appeals.

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The Two-Way
5:44 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Invasive Bug Prompts Quarantine In Pennsylvania Townships

An adult spotted lanternfly is seen, its wings spread to show a colorful hind wing. The invasive pest has sparked a quarantine in Pennsylvania.
Holly Raguza Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 1:07 pm

The spotted lanternfly has officially arrived in the U.S., and leaders in Pennsylvania are hoping it won't be staying long. The invasive pest poses a threat to fruit orchards and grape vines, along with forests and the timber industry. It was detected in Berks County, northwest of Philadelphia.

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