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
2:33 pm
Sat August 1, 2015

Wildfires In California Spur Emergency Declaration; 1 Firefighter Dead

Flames from the Rocky Fire approach a house in Lower Lake, Calif., Friday. More than 5,000 firefighters are now battling large blazes in California; hundreds of residents are under evacuation orders in affected areas.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 3:02 pm

With 20 major wildfires burning in California, the state's governor, Jerry Brown, has declared a state of emergency. Nine of those fires cover areas of at least 1,000 acres; a firefighter from Rapid City, S.D., was killed while battling one of them, in Northern California.

From Los Angeles, Danielle Karson reports:

"The U.S. Forest Service is investigating how David Ruhl died. He was killed while fighting a wildfire in Modoc National Forest.

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Sports
11:49 am
Sat August 1, 2015

After Devastating Injury, Austrian Pole Vaulter Is Breathing On Her Own

Kira Grunberg, seen here competing last summer, was severely injured in a training accident this week. Doctors say she is now a paraplegic.
Ian Walton Getty Images

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 1:33 pm

Kira Grunberg, Austria's top women's pole vaulter who suffered a horrible injury during training Thursday, is breathing on her own and could soon leave intensive care. The 21-year-old underwent emergency surgery after fracturing at least one of her cervical vertebrae.

Doctors say the fall has left Grunberg a paraplegic — a development that shocked the sporting world in Europe and brought offers of emotional and financial support for the young athlete who holds Austria's record for the women's pole vault.

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World News
10:26 am
Sat August 1, 2015

Sailing Federation Will Test Waters For Viruses In Brazil's Olympics Venues

Concerns about pollution in the waters around Rio have prompted the world sailing federation to take action ahead of next year's Olympic Games. Here, garbage is seen on Bica Beach, on the banks of the Guanabara Bay, with the Sugar Loaf mountain in background, earlier this year.
RICARDO MORAES Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 1:36 pm

Saying that recent stories about raw sewage in Brazilian waterways that will serve as Olympics venues in 2016 helped "wake us up again and put this back on the agenda," the head of sailing's world governing body says his group will test for viruses and bacteria in the water.

The International Sailing Federation's chief executive, Peter Sowrey, tells the AP that the move is prompted by concerns over athletes' health and safety.

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The Two-Way
9:26 am
Sat August 1, 2015

MH370 Update: Recovered Jet Section Arrives At French Lab For Testing

Debris from an airplane that was found on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been transported to France, where technicians will try to determine whether it is from a missing airliner, Flight MH370.
Raymond Wae Tion Maxppp /Landov

Originally published on Sat August 1, 2015 1:37 pm

The piece of a jet that's believed to be from a Boeing 777 — the same model of a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing last year — is now in France, where it will be examined in a government laboratory near Toulose.

After the large piece of debris was discovered on the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean this week, Malaysia Airlines said it "is almost certainly part of a Boeing 777."

The airline also says that MH370 "is believed to be the only 777 to have crashed south of the equator since the jet came into service 20 years ago."

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US News
7:00 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Dispute Emerges Over Drone Shot Down By Kentucky Man

A drone similar to this one was shot out of the sky in Kentucky this week, by a homeowner who said his privacy was being invaded. He's now facing criminal charges in the case.
Tim Sharp AP

A Kentucky homeowner is arrested for shooting down a civilian drone he said was invading his family's privacy. The drone's owner insists that he did nothing wrong, in the latest case that highlights both confusion and concerns over the legal use of drones.

William Meredith, 47, of Bullitt County, Ky., was arrested after he used his shotgun to bring down a drone that he said hovered above his property in Hillview, a suburb of Louisville.

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Sports
2:20 pm
Fri July 31, 2015

Federal Court Places A Stay On Order Compelling NCAA To Pay Athletes

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 3:01 pm

One day before a district court ruling was to go into effect that would force the NCAA to allow colleges to pay student-athletes $5,000 per year, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has placed a stay on that order.

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Health
11:22 am
Fri July 31, 2015

New Ebola Vaccine Has '100 Percent' Effectiveness In Early Results

The Ebola vaccine from a trial in Guinea needs to be kept at a temperature of minus 60 degrees Celsius, the World Health Organization says. Storage devices use jet fuel to keep the right temperature for up to five days in the field.
Sean Hawkey Sean Hawkey

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 1:09 pm

In a development that could change the way the deadly Ebola disease is fought, researchers have announced promising results of a new vaccine's trial in Guinea, one of several countries affected by a historic outbreak in West Africa.

"The estimated vaccine efficacy was 100 percent," a team of researchers say.

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US News
2:59 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

Md. Governor Orders Closure Of 'Deplorable' Baltimore City Jail

The Baltimore City Detention Center, seen here in 2013, was found to be riddled with corruption, according to a federal probe.
Lloyd Fox MCT /Landov

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 4:14 pm

Gov. Larry Hogan says he has ordered the immediate closure of the Baltimore City Detention Center, which a federal probe revealed in 2013 as being riddled with corruption, from smuggling to sex between inmates and guards.

Update at 3:15 p.m. ET: Inmates Were Running Jail, Hogan Says

Saying that the Baltimore facility is the only city prison in the entire country that's run by a state government, Hogan says it is time for a change.

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The Two-Way
12:16 pm
Thu July 30, 2015

3 U.Va. Graduates Sue 'Rolling Stone,' Reporter Over Rape Article

Former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia say they are the victims of defamation and negligence.
Jay Paul Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 1:46 pm

Saying that an article on campus rape that was later retracted hurt their reputations and subjected them to needless humiliation, three former members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity have sued Rolling Stone, its publisher and the reporter who wrote the story.

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The Two-Way
10:02 am
Thu July 30, 2015

'Top Gear' Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond have signed a deal for a new show with Amazon.
Amazon Prime Video

Originally published on Thu July 30, 2015 2:50 pm

Months after they left the BBC, car enthusiasts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are headed to Amazon, hoping to re-create the success of the long-running TV show Top Gear. The trio left the BBC under a cloud after Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical attack on a show producer.

"The show will be produced by the trio's long time executive producer Andy Wilman," Amazon announced Thursday, adding that production on the new show, whose name wasn't revealed, will begin soon.

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