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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9:29am

Mon March 30, 2015
The Two-Way

Trevor Noah Will Replace Jon Stewart As Host Of 'The Daily Show'

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:29 am

Trevor Noah, 31, will become the new host of The Daily Show later this year.
Comedy Central

South African comedian Trevor Noah will become the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, stepping into the role Jon Stewart has filled for 16 years.

Confirming reports of his new job Monday morning, Noah tweeted, "No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!"

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8:53am

Mon March 30, 2015
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Germanwings Crash: Co-Pilot Was Treated For Suicidal Tendencies

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 10:29 am

Airplanes' contrails streak the sky close to where a Germanwings plane crashed last week, in Seyne les Alpes, France.
Thomas Lohnes Getty Images

Updated at 10:05 a.m. ET.

Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the French Alps last week with 150 passengers on board, received treatment for suicidal tendencies for several years before he became a pilot, a German prosecutor says.

Christoph Kumpa, a spokesman for Duesseldorf investigators, says Lubitz "had ... been under treatment of a psychotherapist because of what is documented as being suicidal."

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7:32am

Mon March 30, 2015
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Sticking Points In Iran Nuclear Talks: Sanctions And A Fuel Stockpile

Ahead of Tuesday's deadline, Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wait for the opening of a plenary session on Iran's nuclear program at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Fabrice Coffrini AFP/Getty Images

With Tuesday's deadline for an international deal on Iran's nuclear program approaching, foreign ministers from Iran and six world powers are trying to hash out an agreement. The debate currently centers on where Iran's nuclear fuel should be stored, and how — and when — economic sanctions should be lifted.

Other details, such as rules controlling enrichment, the length of the deal and how it would be enforced, also remain unsettled.

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1:41pm

Thu March 19, 2015
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Virginia's Governor Orders Inquiry Into Black Student's Bloody Arrest

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 4:39 pm

Martese Johnson is held down by an officer Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va., in this photo provided by Bryan Beaubrun.
Bryan Beaubrun AP

Responding to an incident that has sparked street protests in Charlottesville, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has ordered a state investigation into the arrest of a black University of Virginia student. Martese Johnson, 20, was left with blood streaming down his face after being arrested by Alcoholic Beverage Control agents.

The case created an uproar after photos emerged showing Johnson, a member of U.Va.'s Honor Committee, lying on the sidewalk with uniformed ABC agents crouching over him. Portions of the concrete, as well as Johnson's head and shirt, are bloody.

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9:56am

Thu March 19, 2015
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Tunisian Museum Attack: 'I Thought It Was A Game,' Witness Says

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 1:52 pm

Survivors are escorted from the National Bardo Museum in Tunis on Wednesday. At least 20 foreign tourists were killed in the attack.
Mohamed Krit Barcroft Media/Landov

One day after a shocking attack in Tunis killed at least 20 foreign tourists and rattled Tunisians, authorities are looking for anyone involved in the gunmen's brazen assault of the National Bardo Museum. Tunisia's president says his country is "in a merciless war against terrorism."

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7:38am

Thu March 19, 2015
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Australian Leader Raises Furor In Parliament With 'Goebbels' Comment

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 8:34 pm

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) sparked the ire of the opposition Liberal Party by comparing its leader to Nazi propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.
YouTube

Roars of disapproval rang out in Australia's Parliament on Thursday, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott called Labor leader Bill Shorten "the Dr. Goebbels of economic policy." In the ruckus that ensued, three lawmakers were ejected and another walked out.

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1:21pm

Wed March 18, 2015
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Video Break: Soaring Through An Immense Vietnamese Cave

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 4:27 pm

Yes, those are people: A still image from a drone video filmed inside the world's largest cave shows cavers standing beneath one of two large skylights in Vietnam's Hang Son Doong.
Ryan Deboodt Vimeo

Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET.

An enormous limestone cave in Vietnam is the subject of a jaw-dropping new video that uses aerial drones to show its immense scale and beauty. Hang Son Doong is the world's largest cave, featuring a river and huge "skylights" that have allowed trees and wildlife to flourish within it.

American photographer Ryan Deboodt says he filmed Hang Son Doong on his third visit to the cave. He edited his film down from some three hours' worth of footage.

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9:39am

Wed March 18, 2015
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March Madness Starts With A Bang, And A Big Comeback

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 10:44 am

Jarvis Summers of the Mississippi Rebels sits on the court in the closing seconds of his team's 17-point comeback win against Brigham Young during the first round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.
Joe Robbins Getty Images

Ole Miss scored 62 points in the second half last night to dig its way out of a hole and into the big bracket, on the first day of the NCAA men's basketball tournament. At the half, the Rebels were 17 points behind BYU — which had pulled off its own miracle comeback just three years ago.

BYU suffered the loss in Dayton, where it had made a historic 25-point comeback in the 2012 NCAA tournament.

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8:30am

Wed March 18, 2015
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Serbia Arrests 8 Accused Of Direct Roles In 1995 Srebrenica Massacre

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 11:05 am

This photo taken March 7 shows a now-abandoned warehouse where more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys were killed in July 1995 on the outskirts of Srebrenica.
Sulejman Omerbasic AP

Police have arrested eight men suspected of carrying out the 1995 mass killing of more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslim boys and men in Srebrenica. War crimes prosecutors ordered what are said to be the first arrests in Serbia of direct participants in Europe's worst atrocity since World War II.

The eight men are accused of killing "over 1,000 civilians of Muslim nationality, whose remains were identified in mass graves at several locations," reports Serbian news agency B92.

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6:57am

Wed March 18, 2015
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Letter To White House Tested Positive For Cyanide, Secret Service Says

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 6:54 pm

The Secret Service has confirmed that an envelope sent to the White House tested positive for cyanide. Further testing was underway.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

A test on an envelope that arrived at the White House Mail Screening Facility on Monday indicates that it contains cyanide, according to the Secret Service. The agency did not announce to whom the letter was addressed. Further tests are being conducted to confirm the results.

Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback says:

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2:55pm

Tue March 17, 2015
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Thailand Cautions Women Against 'Underboob Selfies'

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 5:33 pm

Citing both potential harm to society and the Computer Crimes Act, Thailand's Culture Ministry is urging women to resist what it says is a new trend of taking photos that focus on the midriff and the lower portion of their breasts.

The warning was issued Monday — and a ministry official acknowledged that in speaking out against an online trend, the agency ran the risk of drawing more attention to it.

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1:14pm

Tue March 17, 2015
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Secret Service Director Tells Panel: 'This Is My First Test'

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:40 pm

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy testifies before a Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing on the Secret Service budget Tuesday, when he responded to sharp questions about misconduct by his agents.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA /LANDOV

Answering pointed questions about new claims of misconduct by his agents, Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy says he had a "good stern talk" with his staff about why he wasn't told sooner about an incident in which two senior agents who were apparently drunk drove a government vehicle through an area at the White House complex where their colleagues were investigating a suspicious package.

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11:20am

Tue March 17, 2015
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Bhutan, World's Lowest-Ranked Soccer Team, Advances In World Cup Qualifying

Bhutanese football player Chencho Gyeltshen controls the ball in a March 5 match against Sri Lanka. The striker hit two goals Tuesday to lead Bhutan past Sri Lanka and into the next phase of World Cup Qualifying.
Lakruwan Wanniarachchi AFP/Getty Images

They started the game ranked 209th out of 209 national teams — but Bhutan will progress to the second round of World Cup Qualifying after beating Sri Lanka in consecutive matches. The 2-1 victory comes less than a week after its historic first win in a World Cup qualifier.

The win puts Bhutan into the Asian group stage, where they'll gain more international experience as they play for a chance to move another step closer to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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8:42am

Tue March 17, 2015
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49ers Linebacker Quits After 1 Season, Citing Safety Concerns

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 12:56 pm

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland (50) is seen here in a game last year against the New York Giants. Borland, who had two interceptions in that game, has announced that he is retiring from the NFL after his rookie season.
Chris Szagola CSM/Landov

Concerns about possibly incurring brain injuries have prompted Chris Borland to end his NFL career after just one season, during which he emerged as a star on the San Francisco 49ers' vaunted defense. Borland, 24, said, "I just honestly want to do what's best for my health."

Saying that he had consulted with other players, medical experts and his family, Borland stated, "From what I've researched and what I've experienced, I don't think it's worth the risk."

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7:48am

Tue March 17, 2015
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Israel's Election: Exit Polls Show Netanyahu's Likud, Opposition In Tight Race

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 6:53 pm

An Israeli woman votes with her daughter at a polling station in the coastal city of Haifa on Tuesday. Israel faces an unpredictable election to determine whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will remain in power.
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 6:52 p.m.

Exit polls released after the close of voting in Israel's national election show that the race is too close to call.

Israel's Channel 1 and Channel 10 both said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and Isaac Herzog's Zionist Union secured 27 seats each in the 120-seat Knesset. Channel 2, meanwhile, have Likud 28 seats and the Zionist Union 27. The numbers were published by Haaretz.

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