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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8:18am

Mon July 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:24 pm

A missile leaves an "Iron Dome" battery, Israel's short-range missile defense system, Monday. Israel shot down a drone Monday, using a Patriot missile to take out the unmanned aircraft.
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Exchanges of rockets and airstrikes continue between Israel and militants in Gaza, one week after violence broke out in the area. The Palestinian death toll is being reported at 172; no Israelis have reportedly died in the fighting.

From Haaretz:

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7:05am

Mon July 14, 2014
The Two-Way

Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Floats Again, After 2 Years

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 11:26 am

The process of refloating the Costa Concordia cruise ship started off Italy's Giglio Island on Tuesday.
Guiseppe Cacace AFP/Getty Images

More than two years after it ran aground off the Italian coast, the cruise ship Costa Condordia is floating again. Salvage workers managed that feat Monday by expelling water from large caissons, the pontoons that are attached to its sides.

"Six hours after the refloating began, the 115,000-ton vessel had cleared its custom-made platform by one meter," reports NPR's Sylvia Poggioli. "The ship is to be raised another meter today. Then it will be towed 90 feet eastward and anchored to the seabed and land with chains and cables."

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1:40pm

Fri July 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Border Patrol Ceases Flying Migrants To San Diego

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 2:22 pm

Miguel Hernandez (right), an immigrant rights activist, stands among anti-immigration activists outside of the U.S. Border Patrol's Murrieta station on Monday. The federal agency says it will not fly more detained migrants to be processed at the facility.
Sandy Huffaker Getty Images

Migrants from Central America who enter the U.S. illegally in Texas will no longer be flown to San Diego for processing, the U.S. Border Patrol says. The practice came under fire last week, when opponents led protests against it in Murrieta, Calif.

In announcing the change, the agency didn't mention the fierce local opposition. Instead, it said it had eliminated the congestion in its system that spurred the plan to transport detained migrants.

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12:33pm

Fri July 11, 2014
The Two-Way

LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 1:20 pm

A Cleveland Cavaliers fan holds up a LeBron James poster at a New York Yankees game Thursday. One day later, the fan's wish was granted: James will return to the Cavs for this year's new season.
Tony Dejak AP

The Miami experiment is over: LeBron James will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. The NBA star opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami, where he won two championships.

James, 29, played for Cleveland for seven seasons before leaving the town, and his home state of Ohio, for Miami. Speculation about his next move heated up after James and the Heat were trounced in the NBA Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.

Update at 12:45 p.m. ET: 'I'm Coming Home'

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11:41am

Fri July 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 12:15 pm

An eagle flies over Bali's Barat National Park, in this award-winning image taken by a camera attached to a drone.
capungaero Dronestagram

An eagle soars above a national park in Bali, Indonesia. A waterfall in Mexico is seen from above its shelf of cascading water. Those are the top two finishers in a contest held to find the best images captured by cameras mounted on aerial drones. The winners were recently unveiled by the site Dronestagram.

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9:41am

Fri July 11, 2014
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Liverpool Unloads 'The Biter,' Sending Suarez To Barca For $128 Million

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 11:45 am

Luis Suarez will wear the number 9 for Barcelona.
FC Barcelona

Luis Suarez, the Uruguayan striker who became headline news in the U.S. after biting an Italian player during the World Cup, is moving to a new club. He'll play for Barcelona, after the team reached terms with Liverpool in a transfer widely reported at 75 million pounds, or more than $128 million.

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8:39am

Fri July 11, 2014
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Dozens Of Ukrainian Troops Reportedly Killed By Militants

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 11:35 am

Ukrainian soldiers man a checkpoint about 30 miles from Donetsk on Thursday. A government official said Friday that a rocket attack had killed as many as 30 troops.
Genya Savilov AFP/Getty Images

Separatists in eastern Ukraine reportedly used a rocket-launching system in an attack Friday that a Ukrainian official says might have killed as many as 30 government troops. The strike comes after days of steady gains against the rebels by Ukrainian forces.

From the Interfax-Ukraine News Agency:

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7:38am

Fri July 11, 2014
The Two-Way

Israel And Hamas Keep Up Attacks, Ignoring Calls For Peace

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 1:54 pm

Israeli firefighters extinguish vehicles at a gas station in Ashdod, Israel, that was hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip on Friday.
David Buimovitch AFP/Getty Images

This post was updated at 1 p.m. ET.

The number of Palestinians killed in Israel's aerial offensive that began this week has surpassed 100, according to health officials in Gaza. More than 600 people have been wounded in the ongoing exchange of airstrikes and rockets between Israel's military and the militant group Hamas.

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1:43pm

Thu July 10, 2014
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Wham! McIlroy Tees Off, Reaches Green On 436-Yard Hole

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 2:31 pm

Rory McIlroy hits a drive during the Scottish Open Thursday, in a round that saw him set a new course record at Royal Aberdeen. McIlroy drove the green on the 436-yard 13th hole.
Andrew Redington Getty Images

Golfer Rory McIlroy had an outstanding first day at the Scottish Open, finishing with a seven-under-par 64 to break the Royal Aberdeen course record Thursday. But he hit one shot that staggered spectators: a drive on the 13th hole that streaked down the fairway before rolling onto the green 436 yards away, as the Golf Channel reports.

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11:35am

Thu July 10, 2014
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HBO And 'Game Of Thrones' Haul In The Most Emmy Nominations

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 12:06 pm

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards nominations were unveiled Thursday by Mindy Kaling and Carson Daly. Big winners included HBO, for Game of Thrones, and Netflix, for Orange Is the New Black.
Kevin Winter Getty Images

Cable network HBO has received 99 nominations for the 2014 Emmy Awards, running its streak as the network with the most Emmy nods to 14 years. HBO's Game of Thrones got 19 nominations, one ahead of the FX miniseries Fargo.

NPR's Neda Ulaby reports for our Newscast unit:

"HBO also got nominated for its movie The Normal Heart, for its drama True Detective and, in a surprise, for its comedy Silicon Valley.

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10:38am

Thu July 10, 2014
The Two-Way

U.S. Willing To Facilitate Gaza Cease-Fire, White House Says

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 7:16 pm

Palestinians inspect the rubble of a house hit by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City on Thursday. Israel escalated its aerial assaults on Gaza on Thursday, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying there are no plans for a cease-fire.
Hatem Moussa AP

Update at 6:31 p.m. ET

The U.S. is prepared to facilitate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the White House said Thursday, as Israel continued its campaign of airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, and rockets fired by Hamas and other groups kept raining down on Israel.

The Israeli airstrikes have hit more than 700 targets in Gaza, killed at least 89 people and wounded more than 600. Hamas' rocket attacks have reached farther into Israel than ever before, sending people into shelters, but so far not causing any deaths.

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8:04am

Thu July 10, 2014
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Kurdish Leaders Boycott Iraqi Government Meetings

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:40 am

Soldiers with the Kurdish peshmerga man an outpost near Kirkuk, a city they've sought to control during the chaos that has gripped Iraq.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

A dispute between Iraq's Shiite-led central government and the semi-autonomous Kurdish region is boiling over, as Kurdish ministers withdrew from all Cabinet meetings. In response, Baghdad is reportedly halting some cargo flights between Kurdish cities.

The spat is playing out amid the threat posed by the self-proclaimed "Islamic State," an extremist group that has taken over cities and territories in parts of Iraq and Syria.

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7:26am

Thu July 10, 2014
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Hackers In China Reportedly Targeted U.S. Federal Workers

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 12:01 pm

Chinese hackers successfully accessed U.S. government computer networks in March apparently hoping to find information about "tens of thousands of employees who have applied for top-secret security clearances," The New York Times reports.

The newspaper says the attack centered on the Office of Personnel Management was reportedly detected and blocked — but not before the hackers had gotten into some of the agency's databases.

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2:17pm

Wed July 9, 2014
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What Happens When Israeli Mourners Visit A Palestinian Family

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 3:30 pm

On Monday, Hussein Abu Khdeir, father of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir, held a photo of his son as he met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank. On Tuesday, the Abu Khdeir family received Israeli guests who wanted to apologize for their loss.
Mohamad Torokman AP

The family of slain Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir received condolences from an unlikely source Tuesday: Israelis who had asked to come and mourn with them.

The scene was predictably awkward, even painfully so. But as NPR's Ari Shapiro reported for today's Morning Edition, the visit also brought a moment of grace for many of those involved.

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12:04pm

Wed July 9, 2014
The Two-Way

Flop Life: What If We All Acted Like We Were In The World Cup?

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 8:13 am

In a new video, people casually bump into one another in cafes and groceries, sparking histrionics like those seen in the World Cup.
YouTube

The flailing about, the protests, the sheer agony — what if everyone behaved like international soccer stars who can evidently be slammed to the ground by a fingertip?

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