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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12:07pm

Tue April 7, 2015
The Two-Way

Lucille Ball Sculptor Apologizes For 'By Far My Most Unsettling' Work

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 1:34 pm

A bronze sculpture of Lucille Ball is displayed in Lucille Ball Memorial Park in her hometown of Celoron, N.Y. Since the sculpture was unveiled in 2009, it has been blasted by critics who say it bears little or no likeness to the popular 1950s sitcom actress and comedian.
The Post-Journal AP

Responding to complaints about a sculpture meant to honor comedian Lucille Ball in her hometown, artist Dave Poulin says he'll fix it for free. "I take full responsibility for 'Scary Lucy,' " he says, adding that he didn't mean "to disparage in any way the memories of the iconic Lucy image."

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8:11am

Tue April 7, 2015
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In Movie Piracy Case, Australian ISPs Are Ordered To Share Customers' Info

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 11:17 am

The producers of Dallas Buyers Club want to contact people who have viewed pirated copies of the film. Here, actor Jared Leto accepts an award for his work in the film at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Australia's Federal Court has ordered six Internet service providers to hand over information about people accused of illegally downloading and sharing the film Dallas Buyers Club online. The companies had initially refused a request to provide their customers' data.

It's being called a landmark ruling in Australia, where delayed film release dates are blamed for helping create one of the highest rates of Web piracy in the world.

From Sydney, Stuart Cohen reports for NPR's Newscast unit:

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7:03am

Tue April 7, 2015
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In Reclaimed Tikrit, Mass Graves From Brutal ISIS Occupation

Originally published on Tue April 7, 2015 11:49 am

Iraqi soldiers salute as they stand next to a mass grave believed to hold Shiite soldiers from Camp Speicher who were killed by Islamic State militants.
Reuters /Landov

As many as 1,700 bodies are believed to be in mass graves that have been unearthed near the site of a massacre of Iraqi soldiers manning a former U.S. military base. The killings took place last summer, when fighters from the self-proclaimed Islamic State seized Tikrit.

Soldiers and forensic teams are sifting through the graves; so far, they have found more than 10 different burial sites that hold what are believed to be the bodies of soldiers and recruits who had been captured at Camp Speicher. The men were then machine-gunned in front of mass graves.

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12:40pm

Mon April 6, 2015
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Opening Day: Baseball Season Starts In Earnest

The Minnesota Twins warm up before their Opening Day game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park in Detroit Monday.
Leon Halip Getty Images

In 204 days, two teams will face off in the World Series. Until then, fans can dream about their team winning it all, as Major League Baseball's regular season gets going. St. Louis and Chicago played the first game Sunday night; the Cubs lost, 3-0.

Along with that loss, Chicago's fans also endured restroom wait times of up to 30 minutes. Blaming the problem on at least two bathrooms being closed, the club has apologized, Chicago news TV WGN says.

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9:54am

Mon April 6, 2015
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French Special Forces Free Dutch Hostage Held In Mali Since 2011

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 11:08 am

More than three years after he was taken hostage by an al-Qaida-linked group, a Dutch citizen was freed by French commandos early Monday morning in West Africa. The raid in northern Mali killed several of Sjaak Rijke's captors; others were taken captive.

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8:33am

Mon April 6, 2015
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NCAA Men's Final: Wisconsin And Duke Play For It All Monday Night

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 10:11 am

Frank Kaminsky of the Wisconsin Badgers will face off against the Duke Blue Devils' Jahlil Okafor in Monday night's NCAA title game. When the teams played in December, Duke won 80-70.
Mike McGinnis Getty Images

Not since the World War II era has Wisconsin vied for the NCAA's top men's basketball championship. They'll do it tonight against Duke, in a game that pits two balanced teams — and two talented big men — against each other.

For Wisconsin, a win will bring its first title since 1941. Perennial power Duke last won it all in 2010. Tipoff at 9:18 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on CBS or at the NCAA website.

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7:01am

Mon April 6, 2015
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Red Cross Plans To Fly Supplies, Medical Workers Into Yemen

Aid shipments are being planned for Yemen, after the International Committee of the Red Cross negotiated safe passage with Saudi Arabia, which has been bombing Houthi rebels. Help could arrive Monday.

When they arrive, medical teams and rescue workers will try to help those caught in the fighting that has intensified in the past two weeks. Three Yemen Red Crescent volunteers have died in the past week while trying help, the group says.

A pause in the fighting would also allow civilians to venture out for crucial supplies — and to hold funerals.

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12:18pm

Fri April 3, 2015
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NFL Is Reportedly Hiring Its First Female Full-Time Official

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 2:41 pm

Sarah Thomas calls holding during a preseason game between the Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints in 2013.
Michael Democker The Times-Picayune/Landov

Sarah Thomas has officiated football games in the NCAA and for the NFL's preseason and training camps. For the 2015 NFL season, she'll reportedly be a full-time official.

The news was broken this morning by Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson, who called it "a ground-breaking move." Thomas, 42, is a Mississippi native who has been widely regarded as a contender for a regular NFL contract.

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10:27am

Fri April 3, 2015
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Did A 19th-Century Brothel Tunnel Cause A Sinkhole In Dublin?

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 2:59 pm

A sinkhole that opened on Dame Street in Dublin, Ireland, this week is suspected of being caused by an old tunnel lawmakers used to visit brothels. The street is seen here in 1911.
Topical Press Agency Getty Images

A sinkhole opened up on Dame Street in Dublin this week, and an Irish historian says a storied tunnel that allowed politicians to visit brothels in the 19th century could be to blame. The hole was measured at 6 feet deep and 2 feet wide.

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8:15am

Fri April 3, 2015
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Kenya Copes With Deadliest Attack Since 1998 Embassy Bombing

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 10:21 am

Garissa University students comfort each other after they were rescued from Thursday's deadly attack.
Daniel Irungu EPA /LANDOV

One day after four gunmen killed at least 147 people in an attack on a university campus in Kenya, police are hunting terrorism suspects, and students are debating whether to return to Garissa University College. A teachers union says the school should shut down.

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6:54am

Fri April 3, 2015
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Germanwings Co-Pilot Accelerated Toward Crash, Officials Say

Originally published on Fri April 3, 2015 4:01 pm

The crash site of Germanwings Flight 9525 in the French Alps. Evidence from the flight data recorder shows the co-pilot accelerated as the airliner headed toward the mountainside, French investigators say.
BEA

Citing data from the flight recorder of crashed Germanwings Flight 9525, officials say that the co-pilot accelerated several times as the airliner made its fatal descent with 150 people on board last week.

France's aviation safety agency says the plane's newly recovered data recorder shows the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, set the aircraft's autopilot to put it on a course and altitude that would crash it into a mountainside in the French Alps. He dialed the plane's altitude down to 100 feet, the lowest setting.

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2:19pm

Thu April 2, 2015
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Like Mars: Dusty Sandstorm Blocks Visibility And Travel In Dubai

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 5:32 pm

Cars are seen driving Thursday amid a sandstorm that engulfed the city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Marwan Naamani AFP/Getty Images

Dubai took on a Mars-like glow Thursday, after a major sandstorm descended upon the city in the United Arab Emirates. Conditions forced airlines to delay or cancel flights in Dubai after the sandstorm arrived from Saudi Arabia early in the morning.

For a sense of the scale of the sandstorm's impact, consider that Dubai is a city of more than 2 million people. Earlier this year, Dubai International Airport was named the busiest in the world, supplanting London's Heathrow.

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10:31am

Thu April 2, 2015
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World's Muslim Population Will Surpass Christians This Century, Pew Says

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 11:03 am

Indonesian Muslims perform Eid Al-Adha prayer at Al-Akbar Mosque in Oct. 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Robertus Pudyanto Getty Images

Islam is growing more rapidly than any other religion in the world, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center that says the religion will nearly equal Christianity by 2050 before eclipsing it around 2070, if current trends continue.

"The main reason Muslims are growing not only in number but in share worldwide is because of where they live," Alan Cooperman, Pew's director of religion research, tells NPR's Tom Gjelten. "Muslim populations are concentrated in some of the fastest-growing parts of the world."

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9:37am

Thu April 2, 2015
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Airbnb Starts Listing Homes In Cuba; Average Rate Is $43 A Night

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 11:53 am

A new section of the Airbnb home rental site shows places available for short-term stays in Havana.
Airbnb

Less than three months after the U.S. announced it will ease travel to Cuba, home rental site Airbnb is listing properties in the island nation. The average price for a room or home in Havana is currently $43. The company says it's starting out with more than 1,000 listings.

A look at the offerings Thursday morning found everything from "beautiful colonial rooms for rent in the heart of Havana" for $27 a night to a "a holiday sanctuary" chalet on the outskirts of Havana that can accommodate 10 guests for $1,000. It includes a pool.

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7:44am

Thu April 2, 2015
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Yemen's Rebels Seize Presidential Palace In Aden, Despite Airstrikes

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 4:32 pm

Houthi fighters gather in the Yemeni city of Aden on Thursday. The Shiite rebels and their allies seized the presidential palace in this southern coastal city.
Wael Qubady AP

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

Yemen's Houthi fighters and their allies seized a central area of Aden, capturing the presidential palace on a hilltop of the southern port city. The Shiite rebels took the area despite an eight-day air campaign by a Saudi-led coalition to stem the Houthis' advance.

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