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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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Death Toll Rises As Investigation Into Chinese Port Explosions Continues

Firefighters work at the warehouse explosion site in Tianjin, north China, Friday. Scorched cars are in the foreground; toppled shipping containers are in the background.
Wang Haobo Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 12:01 pm

Two days after twin explosions devastated a warehouse area in northeast China, officials say the death toll has risen to 56, including 21 firefighters. More than 6,000 people have been relocated over contamination concerns; the warehouse contained dangerous chemicals.

The authorities are still trying to determine what caused the huge explosions in an industrial area of the port city of Tianjin, where some fires have continued to burn.

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8:42 am
Fri August 14, 2015

Japan's Abe Notes Regret And Past Apologies In WWII Speech

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bows after delivering an address marking the 70th anniversary of World War II's end for his country. Abe noted Japan's continued grief over the war, but he also said future generations shouldn't be compelled to apologize for the war.
Toru Hanai Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 3:17 pm

In a much-anticipated speech, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his "profound grief" and "sincere condolences" for his country's role in World War II.

But the leader stopped short of renewing apologies extended by his predecessors, and he said he doesn't want future generations to be "predestined to apologize" for the war.

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The Two-Way
1:56 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Wheaties Beer Is Unveiled: It's A Hefeweizen (Duh)

HefeWheaties is a new beer from Fulton, which collaborated on the brew with another Minneapolis company, General Mills.
General Mills

It had to happen. For years, the Wheaties slogan – "breakfast of champions" — has been invoked by beer lovers who pop open an adult beverage before noon. Now the cereal company is putting its name and logo on a beer.

That beer is called HefeWheaties, the result of a collaboration between two Minneapolis companies: cereal-maker General Mills and brewer Fulton Beer. As the name implies, the beer is a hefeweizen, the German style that relies on wheat for its base.

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1:12 pm
Thu August 13, 2015

Warren Harding, We Hardly Knew Ye

President Warren Harding, seen here in a Library of Congress photo, did not die childless, as was long supposed.
Library of Congress/Landov

Another year, another revelation about Warren Harding's love life. Last summer, the 29th president's love letters to a mistress were released; now comes news that DNA tests show Harding did in fact father a child with another mistress, whose claims were denied for decades.

Harding, who died in office in 1923, never had a child with his wife; for years, his family said that he had been rendered infertile by a case of the mumps.

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8:05 am
Thu August 13, 2015

China Examines Aftermath Of Immense Twin Explosions That Killed Dozens

An aerial view shows the explosion site in Tianjin, north China. Dozens of people died in twin blasts Thursday.
Yue Yuewei Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 5:20 pm

Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET

The death toll from an industrial accident has risen to 50 in Tianjin, a port city in northeast China. Emergency crews are still working to locate missing people; 12 firefighters are among the dead, and more remain unaccounted for.

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Wed August 12, 2015

U.N. Ousts Its Head Peacekeeper In CAR Amid New Accusations

Babacar Gaye has been forced to resign from his post leading the U.N.'s peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic. He's seen here in 2012, when he led the U.N.'s force in Syria.
Hazim Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 4:30 pm

Saying "enough is enough," U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon says he has accepted the resignation of the head of the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, after new allegations of sexual abuse and other misdeeds by U.N. troops.

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11:20 am
Wed August 12, 2015

Seniors Behaving Badly: Mayor Assaulted Over Alleged Sex Tape

Talladega Mayor Larry Burton was attacked after pulling up to the barber shop where he cuts hair. He spent several days in the hospital because of his injuries.
Google Maps

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 2:30 pm

There are many surprising elements in a story we're seeing out of Talladega, Ala., where the city's mayor, 74, was assaulted, allegedly by his TV and radio co-host, 71. The case includes allegations of a sex tape featuring the mayor and his former friend's soon-to-be ex-wife.

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8:13 am
Wed August 12, 2015

China Again Lets Its Currency Fall, And Stocks Follow

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 12:38 pm

For the second-straight day, China has allowed its currency to take a sharp drop, sparking another round of falling stock prices internationally. The decision to devalue the yuan has shaken investors who fear a currency war and question the health of China's economy, the second-largest in the world.

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7:46 am
Wed August 12, 2015

Texas Police Officer Fired After Fatally Shooting Unarmed College Student

Brad Miller was fired from the police force in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday, after the department's chief said he was troubled with how Miller acted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man Friday.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 10:58 am

Days after a police officer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area city of Arlington fatally shot a young man at a car dealership, Arlington's police chief says that Officer Brad Miller has been fired.

Protesters are calling for criminal charges and police reforms, citing what they call a pattern of violence. Demonstrators held a rally and a march Monday at which people held placards bearing the names of people who have died at the hands of police. Miller, 49, is white; he shot Christian Taylor, 19, who is black.

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The Two-Way
12:17 pm
Tue August 11, 2015

Track And Field Organization Tests Old Doping Samples, Suspends 28 Athletes

Competitors race at the IAAF World Athletics Championship held in Osaka in 2007. Athletes' samples that were kept from the event have now been retested, resulting in suspensions, the IAAF says.
Kai Pfaffenbach Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 3:05 pm

In track and field, new anti-doping tests of old samples — taken from athletes at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships — have brought a flurry of suspensions. The sport's world governing body says it's punishing 28 athletes over the findings. It did not release any of their names or nationalities.

The International Association of Athletics Federations is calling the suspensions its "latest success," but the organization also says "a large majority" of the 28 athletes have already retired and that others have already faced sanctions.

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The Two-Way
10:10 am
Tue August 11, 2015

Rivers Shut Down Over EPA's Spill Of 3 Million Gallons Of Toxic Water

As it monitored the wastewater blowout that began Wednesday, the EPA took this photo of a sampling point near the source outside Silverton, Colo., on Sunday.
EPA

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 2:14 pm

In Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, towns that are downstream from the old gold mine where contaminated wastewater spewed into a river have shut off their water supplies' connections to the spill. Two rivers will remain closed until at least Monday, officials say.

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7:47 am
Tue August 11, 2015

More Than 20 Arrested In Ferguson; Armed 'Oath Keepers' Walk Streets

Members of the Oath Keepers walk with their personal weapons on the street during protests in Ferguson, Mo., early Tuesday morning.
Lucas Jackson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 1:35 pm

New demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo., led to a standoff with police and the arrests of 23 people Monday night, one day after a vigil for Michael Brown was marred by gunfire. The arrests came as police in riot gear tried to force people to disband and leave the street.

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10:57 am
Mon August 10, 2015

Legendary NASCAR Driver Buddy Baker Dies Of Cancer At 74

Buddy Baker, the 1980 Daytona 500 winner, has died at age 74. Here, he poses at Daytona International Speedway in 2007.
Marc Serota Getty Images for NASCAR

He was one of racing's fastest drivers, the first in NASCAR to take a car to 200 mph on a closed course. When his career in racing ended, he became a commentator. Now, a month after lung cancer forced him to finally retire, Buddy Baker has died at age 74.

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8:42 am
Mon August 10, 2015

EPA Says It Released 3 Million Gallons Of Contaminated Water Into River

Contaminated wastewater is seen at the entrance to the Gold King Mine in San Juan County, Colo., in this picture released by the Environmental Protection Agency. The photo was taken Wednesday; the plume of contaminated water has continued to work its way downstream.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 8:12 pm

In an event that has led to health warnings and turned a river orange, the Environmental Protection Agency says one of its safety teams accidentally released contaminated water from a mine into the Animas River in southwest Colorado.

The spill, which sent heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest, occurred Wednesday. The EPA initially said 1 million gallons of wastewater had been released, but that figure has risen sharply.

From member station KUNC, Stephanie Paige Ogburn reports for our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
1:38 pm
Thu August 6, 2015

We Will Bury You: Russia Bulldozes Tons Of European Cheese, Other Banned Food

A bulldozer pushes illegal imported cheese in Russia on Thursday, in a photo provided by the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance.
Landov

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 2:01 pm

In a highly publicized move, Russia is destroying tons of food that was illegally imported from Western countries. One year after a ban on Western agricultural products began, bulldozers and incinerators reportedly are being used to enforce the prohibition.

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The Two-Way
11:32 am
Thu August 6, 2015

Republican Presidential Candidates Set For Debate Thursday

Candidate staff and media gather in Cleveland at the scene of Thursday night's Republican primary debate, which is sponsored by Fox News and Facebook.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 2:03 pm

Donald Trump and rivals Jeb Bush and Scott Walker will face off in a televised debate tonight, taking the stage in Cleveland along with seven other Republican hopefuls who were selected by debate organizer Fox News.

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9:08 am
Thu August 6, 2015

Search Continues For Survivors Of Capsized Boat Off Libya, But Hopes Fade

An Italian navy boat from the ship Francesco Mimbelli approaches a rubber dinghy carrying migrants during a rescue operation off the coast of Libya.
Darrin Zammit Lupi Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 1:37 pm

As many as 200 people are still unaccounted for from a fishing boat that capsized off Libya's coast Wednesday with hundreds of migrants aboard. Military and rescue teams are searching for survivors from the boat, which was initially estimated to have 600 people aboard.

Search teams have recovered 25 bodies, Italian officials say. There are conflicting reports about the number of people who were rescued — U.N. officials have put the number around 400, while The Associated Press says 367 survivors have been found.

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The Two-Way
8:01 am
Thu August 6, 2015

Bill Cosby Will Be Deposed By Accuser's Lawyer This Fall

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 10:16 am

For the first time in nearly 10 years, Bill Cosby will be questioned under oath about allegations of sexual assault. California's Supreme Court recently allowed a woman's lawsuit against Cosby to continue, and the judge in the case has now set a date for the comedian to provide a deposition.

From Los Angeles, NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports for our Newscast desk:

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The Two-Way
7:16 am
Thu August 6, 2015

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: More Debris And Confusion Over Findings

Surrounded by journalists, a relative of passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 wears a sign reading "Must return safely!" during a protest held by victims' families Thursday outside the Malaysia Airlines office in Beijing.
Rolex Dela Pena EPA /LANDOV

Originally published on Thu August 6, 2015 1:44 pm

Malaysian officials say what they believe to be airplane seat cushions and window panes have been found washed up on Reunion Island, the same spot in the Indian Ocean where a wing fragment was found last week. The Malaysians say that fragment is from the missing Flight MH370; French investigators say they're almost — but not quite — certain.

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1:57 pm
Wed August 5, 2015

Migrant Boat Wrecks Off Libya's Coast With Hundreds Aboard

Originally published on Wed August 5, 2015 2:54 pm

At least 25 people have died off the coast of Libya, after an overcrowded fishing boat wrecked with hundreds of migrants aboard. The Italian Coast Guard rescued some 400 of the migrants, who had been hoping to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

The U.N. Refugee Agency's chief spokeswoman, Melissa Fleming, says that 600 people were aboard the boat, with "100 in the hull." She adds, "The boat capsized very fast."

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