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
4:06 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Staffers Walk Out Of Congress In Protest Over Brown And Garner Cases

Black congressional staffers hold their hands up as they pose for a group photo during a walkout on on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Thursday, in a protest over the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 6:15 pm

Dozens of congressional staff members walked out of the Capitol at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday, in a show of support for protesters angered by recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

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The Two-Way
2:29 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

'Cromnibus' Spending Bill Passes, Just Hours Before Deadline

The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk Thursday. The House approved a massive spending bill just hours before a midnight deadline to fund the federal government.
Shawn Thew EPA/Landov

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 8:08 am

Post updated at 9:38 p.m. ET.

A massive federal spending bill finally won the House's approval Thursday night, less than three hours before a midnight deadline that threatened a federal shutdown. The measure's fate had been in doubt after it narrowly survived a rules vote earlier in the day. The final tally was 219-206.

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The Two-Way
9:26 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

A Toilet No More: NBA Team Changes Arena Plan After Jokes Swirl In

A rendering of the planned Golden State Warriors arena drew ridicule from people who said it resembled a toilet.
Golden State Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have revised their new arena's design, after critics said that from overhead, at least, the building looked just like a toilet with the seat and lid down.

In the latest change in a high-profile move from Oakland to a spot near the Golden Gate Bridge, the Warriors released images of a new design today.

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The Two-Way
8:17 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Gun Rights Outweigh Gun Control In New Pew Survey

More than half of American women now say owning a gun protects people from becoming victims of crime, according to Pew. Here, a woman carries a rifle at a gun rights rally at the Utah State Capitol last year.
George Frey Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 12:36 pm

For the first time in at least 20 years, significantly more Americans say it's more important to protect the right to own guns than to control gun ownership, according to the Pew Research Center.

The survey found that more than half of Americans (52 percent) sided with gun rights compared with the 46 percent who favored gun control.

The findings represent the continuation of a shift that was only briefly interrupted by the Newtown, Conn., school shootings in 2012.

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The Two-Way
6:05 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Watch: Navy Ship Uses Energy Weapon In Persian Gulf

A laser weapon system on the USS Ponce, which has been deployed to the Persian Gulf. The Navy released a video showing the system taking target practice.
John F. Williams U.S. Navy

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 10:30 am

It's not Star Wars on the high seas — but the U.S. Navy says it has made a "historic leap" by deploying a laser weapon system for the first time. The Navy released a video showing a LaWS — shorthand for "laser weapon system" — being used by the USS Ponce during target practice in the Persian Gulf.

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The Two-Way
2:46 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

The NFL's Owners Approve New Off-Field Conduct Policy

The new NFL conduct policy includes a "baseline" suspension of six games without pay for a first violation of domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.
Rick Osentoski AP

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 6:10 pm

As it nears the end of a season marred by allegations of domestic abuse by players, the NFL's owners voted to strengthen the league's personal conduct policy Wednesday. The changes include a "baseline" suspension of six games without pay for a first violation in domestic abuse and sexual assault cases.

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The Two-Way
9:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

D.C.'s Marijuana Legalization Is Part Of Debate Over Spending Bill

Volunteers with the DC Cannabis Campaign (left and center) talk to a voter on Election Day about the ballot initiative to legalize marijuana. The measure was approved, but its fate remains uncertain.
Allison Shelley Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 11:20 am

Negotiations over the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill Congress will consider this week included how to handle Washington, D.C.'s bid to legalize marijuana. Some 65 percent of the federal district's voters approved the move via ballot initiative last month.

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The Two-Way
7:42 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Congress Will Get A $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill This Week

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 10:10 am

Faced with a Thursday deadline to finance the U.S. government, leaders of both parties in Congress have worked out a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government until October 2015. But a vote isn't likely to come before the day of the deadline.

Update at 8:45 p.m. ET: Welcome, Cromnibus: Bill Is Published

The House Committee on Appropriations gives an overview of the newly published bill:

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The Two-Way
6:11 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

After $4.75 Million Auction, Watson Will Get Nobel Medal Back

The 1962 Nobel Prize Medal in Medicine or Physiology that James Watson sold at auction last week will be returned to him, at the buyer's request.
Christie's

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:27 pm

It was the first time a living Nobel Prize recipient had ever sold his medal. And now scientist James Watson, 86, will hang on to the medal he won for his work on DNA, after a Russian billionaire who bought the medal for $4.75 million at auction says he wants Watson to keep it.

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The Two-Way
4:17 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Nut Rumpus Prompts Korean Airline Exec To Apologize And Resign

Cho Hyun-ah, the daughter of Korean Air's chairman and CEO, has apologized and resigned from a position at the airline after a backlash over her kicking a steward off a recent flight. Cho was angered by the presentation of macadamia nuts.
Chung Sung-Jun Getty Images

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 1:42 pm

Cho Hyun-ah, whose family runs Korean Air, caused a stir over the weekend after she demanded that a Korea-bound jetliner return to a gate at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it had been preparing to take off.

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The Two-Way
2:01 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

NFL Quarterback Cam Newton Injures Back In Car Crash

A truck driven by Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton sits near Bank of America Stadium after the quarterback was involved in an accident Tuesday.
Skip Foreman AP

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 4:39 pm

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered two fractured in his back Tuesday but escaped without other injury, after a vehicle he was driving crashed around 12:30 p.m. ET. The truck reportedly flipped several times on a bridge in central Charlotte, where Church Street passes over Interstate 277.

"The severity of Newton's injuries was not immediately available but witnesses told Channel 9 that Newton's truck flipped four times," WSOC Channel 9 TV reports.

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The Two-Way
9:09 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

NASA Photos Show New Signs Of A Lake On Mars

NASA says "cross-bedding" in the layers of this Martian rock is proof that water moved on Mars, leaving waves or ripples of loose sediment. The image is from a site at Mount Sharp that NASA calls "Whale Rock."
NASA

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 12:41 pm

Signs of water currents and sediments are seen in the latest photos NASA's Curiosity rover sent home from Mars, the space agency said Monday. The images suggest "ancient Mars maintained a climate that could have produced long-lasting lakes," NASA says.

In the huge Gale Crater where Curiosity has been exploring, the water and sediment flow might have been massive enough to build a mountain — the 3-mile-high Mount Sharp — NASA researchers say. But they acknowledge that they're still working to solve the mystery of how the mountain formed in a crater.

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The Two-Way
6:42 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

New York City Council Will Weigh Ban On Horse-Drawn Carriages

A horse-drawn carriage operator waits for riders near Central Park in New York on October 20, 2014. Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing legislation that would ban such carriages in 2016.
JEWEL SAMAD AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 7:15 pm

Following up on a controversial campaign promise, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's bill to ban horse-drawn carriages reached the City Council on Monday, in a move to phase out the carriages that often give tours around Central Park.

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The Two-Way
5:22 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

(Not) Eaten Alive: A Snake Tale, Made For TV

A still image from the Discovery TV special Eaten Alive, which angered some viewers after it aired Sunday.
Discovery

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 1:31 pm

The outcome of an outlandish TV stunt Sunday night didn't go down well with many viewers, who say they were duped into expecting that the Discovery special Eaten Alive would actually portray a man being ingested by an anaconda.

But that didn't happen, forcing the network to defend the program today by saying it had been naturalist Paul Rosolie's "absolute intention to be eaten alive."

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The Two-Way
10:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Frustration, Anger Over Police Killings Ignite New Protests

Protesters hold caskets as they march across the Brooklyn Bridge for the second night in a row following a decision by a grand jury not to indict an NYPD officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in New York.
JOHN ANGELILLO UPI /Landov

Originally published on Fri December 5, 2014 9:03 am

Frustration about two recent cases in which unarmed black men were killed by police brought new protests and road closures to New York City, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Cleveland and elsewhere Thursday.

Many of the demonstrators timed their marches to disrupt rush-hour traffic. In New York, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge was shut down, and protesters crowded the terminal for the Staten Island Ferry.

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The Two-Way
7:54 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

DNA Pioneer Watson's Nobel Prize Sells For $4.75 Million

The 1962 Nobel Prize Medal in Medicine or Physiology that James Watson won has been sold at auction.
Christie's

The Nobel Prize medal that James Watson won for helping explain how DNA is structured has a new owner, as the 1962 gold medal was bought for more than $4.75 million at auction Thursday. Watson has said he'll donate much of the money to educational institutions.

The identity of the winning bidder, who participated by phone, has not been revealed.

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The Two-Way
5:45 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

At Beer Mile Championships, Scientist Sets New Women's Record

In an image from video of the men's event at the Beer Mile World Championships, competitors are seen poised to open their beers, which they'll guzzle before taking off on their first of four laps.
Flocast

In a dizzying finish, American scientist Elizabeth Herndon set a new women's world record in the Beer Mile World Championships in Austin, Texas, last night, breaking through a tight field to obliterate the previous mark by 11 seconds.

In the men's race, Canadian mailman Corey Gallagher relied on fast drinking to separate himself from the field, turning in a time a hair over 5 minutes, just three seconds off the men's world record.

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The Two-Way
2:31 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

NYC Police Will Be Retrained, De Blasio Says At News Conference

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 6:08 pm

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton have announced plans to give training to police officers to help them treat all citizens with equal respect and with equal regard for their safety.

"These changes are happening because the people demanded it," de Blasio said.

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The Two-Way
9:38 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

'I'm Determined To Get Justice': Eric Garner's Mother And Widow Speak

Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, speaks at a news conference with his widow, Esaw Garner, and others, including the Rev. Al Sharpton (left) on Wednesday.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 8:05 am

"This fight ain't over. It's just begun. I'm determined to get justice for my husband," Esaw Garner said Wednesday, "because he shouldn't have been killed in that way. He shouldn't have been killed in any way."

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The Two-Way
8:44 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Protests Spread In New York And Beyond Over Eric Garner Case

Protesters shout slogans in New York City's Times Square on Wednesday. A New York City grand jury has decided not to charge a police officer who killed Eric Garner with a chokehold while trying to arrest him for illegally selling cigarettes.
Adrees Latif Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 10:42 pm

As word spread of a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Staten Island man Eric Garner, so did word of planned protests in New York and other cities. And while a main target was Wednesday night's lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center, it seems that many protesters were kept away.

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The Two-Way
8:20 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

#CrimingWhileWhite Opens A Prism On Police And Race

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 10:24 am

A grand jury's decision that a police officer shouldn't face charges over the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner has sparked anger and protests — along with a Twitter conversation about the idea that police treat people differently based on their race.

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The Two-Way
8:09 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Attorney General Holder Announces U.S. Inquiry Into Garner Case

Originally published on Wed December 3, 2014 10:30 pm

Saying that several arms of the U.S. Department of Justice have been monitoring the inquiry into the death of Staten Island resident Eric Garner, Attorney General Eric Holder said, "the Justice Department will proceed with a federal civil rights investigation of Mr. Garner's death."

Holder promised an "independent, thorough, fair and expeditious investigation."

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The Two-Way
7:07 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

The Ant's Pants? Oxford Dictionaries Adds 1,000 New Terms

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 12:29 pm

With terms like mahoosive and al desko, the editors of OxfordDictionaries.com say they've made the largest quarterly update in their history, adding definitions for 1,000 words.

We'll clarify that while the digital service is affiliated with Oxford University, it's officially separate from the venerable dictionary.

The new additions range from pop culture ("xlnt" and "permadeath") to business-speak ("algorithmic trading").

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The Two-Way
3:31 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

'Black Lives Matter,' NYC Mayor Says After Grand Jury Doesn't Indict Officer

Eric Garner (right) poses with his children. A grand jury has decided not to indict a New York police officer over Garner's death in July.
Family photo via National Action Network AP

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 1:34 pm

A grand jury has decided not to indict a New York police officer in the death of Eric Garner on a Staten Island sidewalk this past July.

"It's a very painful day for so many New Yorkers," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday.

The encounter between Garner and officer Daniel Pantaleo caused an uproar after video footage of the incident was released. It showed Garner repeatedly gasping, "I can't breathe," as Pantaleo and other officers took him to the ground.

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The Two-Way
6:40 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Twitter Targets Trolls With New Rules On Abuse

An image from a Twitter video shows how a user would report harassment under a new process announced Tuesday.
Twitter

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 8:48 pm

Saying it wants to build "a safer Twitter," the company is announcing changes to two areas: how it handles harassment and the tools that let users block people who've sent abusive messages. One woman who has experienced such abuse calls the change "a big step up."

Twitter announced the changes in a blog post Tuesday, which reads in part:

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The Two-Way
5:20 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

A #SadTree Lot: Your Photos Of The Charlie Browniest Trees

So festive: Latte the Pomeranian poses in a reader-submitted photo, part of a look at the humblest Christmas trees.
Lindsey Gelormini/Twitter

To mark 50 years of A Charlie Brown Christmas airing on American televisions, our readers are sharing photos and memories of Christmas trees that reflect the spirit of that TV classic: a bit forlorn, perhaps, but full of heart.

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The Two-Way
2:06 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Chicago Council Strongly Approves $13 Minimum Wage

A new minimum wage was approved Tuesday in Chicago, where fast food workers and activists demonstrated outside McDonald's downtown restaurant this summer.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 3:13 pm

By a 44-5 vote, Chicago's City Council set a minimum-wage target of $13 an hour, to be reached by the middle of 2019. The move comes after Illinois passed a nonbinding advisory last month that calls for the state to raise its minimum pay level to $10 by the start of next year.

The current minimum wage in Chicago and the rest of Illinois is $8.25. Under the ordinance, the city's minimum wage will rise to $10 by next July and go up in increments each summer thereafter.

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The Two-Way
9:41 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Ferguson Commission's First Session Disrupted By Outburst

Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Rev. Starsky Wilson makes his opening remarks as Co-Chair Rich McClure and other commissioners listen during the commission's first meeting in Ferguson, Mo., Monday.
Bill Greenblatt UPI /Landov

Monday brought the first meeting of the Ferguson Commission, a group assembled by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon with the goal of bridging the St. Louis area's racial and economic divisions. But the session was disrupted by residents who were frustrated by the long wait for them to be heard.

The meeting of the 16-member panel comes one week after a grand jury decided no charges should be filed against Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, 18, in August. The commission plans to hold months of public meetings, with a final report due next September.

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The Two-Way
6:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

50 Years Of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas': Share Your Sad Tree Photos

Charlie Brown and Linus pick out a scrawny tree in A Charlie Brown Christmas, a TV special based on the "Peanuts" comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. The beloved show is airing for the 50th year Tuesday.
United Feature Syndicate Inc. AP

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 9:31 am

"This little green one here seems to need a home."

And with that, Charlie Brown picks out a scrawny tree that even his friend Linus doesn't see fitting "the modern spirit" of Christmas. Lucy, he says, will not be happy.

As you likely know, the tree embodies the spirit of A Charlie Brown Christmas, a TV special that has proven to be timeless and is now airing in its 50th year.

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The Two-Way
4:59 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Bill Cosby Resigns From Temple University's Board

Originally published on Mon December 1, 2014 5:53 pm

In the latest development after a series of rape allegations were made against him, comedian Bill Cosby has resigned from the board of trustees at Temple University. The move was announced in a short news release in which Cosby cited "the best interests of the university and its students."

Cosby has had a lasting relationship with Temple, dating back to his first years at the school in the 1960s (he dropped out to pursue his comedy career but returned to graduate in 1971).

On Monday, the school issued a short news release, consisting of two statements:

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