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
6:07 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Gay-Marriage Bans Are Upheld In 4 States By Circuit Court

Gay-marriage supporters follow an opponent of same-sex marriage in August, when four courts argued to preserve their bans on the unions in a federal court in Cincinnati. The court confirmed the states' bans.
Al Behrman AP

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 7:14 pm

Bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee were confirmed by a federal court Thursday, in a ruling that provides yet another shift in the legal fight over the issue.

The 2-1 decision handed down by the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit comes after the four states had argued this summer that their voters had the authority to decide whether to ban marriage between a same-sex couple.

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The Two-Way
3:41 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

New Star Wars Movie Is Called 'The Force Awakens,' Disney Says

The new Star Wars film that's being made by director J.J. Abrams has a name: The Force Awakens. Disney released that detail today, along with news that it has completed principal photography for the film that is slated for release at the end of 2015.

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The Two-Way
3:18 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Obama Cites 'A Moment For Reflection' In Election Results

President Obama answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, one day after Republicans seized control of the U.S. Senate and captured their biggest majority in the House in more than 60 years.
Larry Downing Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 6:33 pm

Speaking one day after his party lost control of the Senate to the Republican Party, President Obama says, "I would enjoy having some Kentucky bourbon with Mitch McConnell."

We'll update this post with news from the president's remarks, made in an hourlong news conference in the East Room of the White House on the afternoon after Election Day.

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The Two-Way
2:42 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

McConnell Says 'Senate Needs To Be Fixed,' Discussing GOP Gains

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he sees issues where a Republican-led Congress can work with President Obama. McConnell won re-election Tuesday, as his party took control of the Senate.
Timothy D. Easley AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 2:52 pm

One day after GOP candidates gave their party control of both chambers of Congress, presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate "needs to be fixed" — and that he and his Republican colleagues are willing to work with President Obama on some issues.

We'll update this post with news from McConnell's appearance in Louisville, Ky.

Update at 2:25 p.m. ET: On Obama And The Veto Threat

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The Two-Way
8:45 am
Wed November 5, 2014

GMO Labeling: Colorado Voters Reject Food Measure; Maui Voters Approve

In the latest bids to compel companies to label foods made with genetically modified ingredients, voters in Colorado and Oregon weighed in on the issue Tuesday.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 4:49 pm

In the latest bids for states to compel companies to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, Colorado voters decided the issue in their state today.

Proposition 105, was defeated by a roughly 2-1 margin Tuesday.

Oregon voters also considered a measure, but it is still too close to call — the no vote leading the yes vote by two percentage points with more than 80 percent of the vote counted.

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The Two-Way
12:58 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Newly Released 'Fast And Furious' Documents Include A Slam On Issa

Attorney General Eric Holder listens to Rep. Darryl Issa, R-Calif., on video screen, while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Operation Fast and Furious.
Susan Walsh AP

The Department of Justice released more than 64,000 pages of documents related to its Operation Fast and Furious Monday night, in a move Republicans are calling both a data dump and a victory. The Obama administration had withheld the records, citing executive privilege.

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The Two-Way
4:58 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Daylight Saving Time No More: Clocks Fall Back

The U.S. moved back to Standard Time on Sunday. In this file photo, a man checks clocks at the Electric Time Company factory in Medfield, Mass.
Brian Snyder Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 9:56 am

Get ready for some early sunsets. At 2 a.m. Sunday morning, U.S. clocks moved one hour backward, officially ending Daylight Saving Time. Folks in Hawaii and much of Arizona can ignore the fuss — they never moved their clocks forward, back in the spring.

The time-switch can also serve as a reminder to check batteries in smoke detectors and fire alarms, as many fire departments advise. And if you ride a bike or walk on streets after dusk, it's a good time to be sure you're visible to drivers.

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Dallas Nurse Who Survived Ebola Gets Her Dog Back

Ebola survivor Nina Pham is reunited with her dog, Bentley, at the Dallas Animal Services Center Saturday. Pham, a Dallas nurse who survived Ebola, had an emotional reunion Saturday with her "best friend," a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.
Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 3:49 pm

Nina Pham, the nurse who became the first person to contract the deadly Ebola virus on American soil, was reunited with her dog in Dallas Saturday, after the Cavalier King Charles spaniel was declared not to have the disease and released from his three-week quarantine.

The reunion with the dog, who's just shy of 2 years old, came eight days after Pham was found to be free of Ebola and released from a special facility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

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The Two-Way
1:13 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

40 Is The New Cute: Hello Kitty Celebrates Birthday

An image from the Sanrio website shows a thank-you note to all of Hello Kitty's fans.
Sanrio

A cute-a-bration has broken out among Hello Kitty fans, as the beloved Japanese character marks its 40th year. Since introducing Hello Kitty in 1974, the Sanrio company has turned simple design and a knack for accessorizing into $8 billion worth of annual sales.

The milestone inspired a Hello Kitty Con in Los Angeles and a large run in Singapore. But the largest fete was in Tokyo, where Sanrio put on a parade and other events.

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The Two-Way
11:20 am
Sat November 1, 2014

National Blackout: Bangladesh Hit By Massive Power Outage

A customer walks past a sales counter in a shopping mall during a blackout in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday. Bangladesh was hit by a nationwide blackout on Saturday after a transmission line bringing electricity from neighboring India failed.
A.M. Ahad AP

Originally published on Sun November 2, 2014 4:41 am

An electrical link that supplies Bangladesh's power grid with electricity from India failed Saturday, plunging most of the country into a blackout. Attempts to restore power met only with limited success before officials finally made a breakthrough late Saturday.

Most of the country's population of more than 160 million people went without electricity for more than 8 hours.

Update at 3:30 p.m. ET: Power Returns To Many

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The Two-Way
10:25 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Three Years In Prison For Egyptian Men In Purported Gay Marriage Video

A video of a celebration centering on two men drew discussions on social media — and the attention of Egyptian prosecutors.
YouTube

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 12:57 pm

A court in Cairo sentenced eight men to three years in prison today, over charges of "debauchery" stemming from an online video that showed the men celebrating what appeared to be a same-sex wedding in August.

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The Two-Way
8:32 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Boko Haram Says Kidnapped Girls Are Now 'Married'

People call for the Nigerian government to rescue girls taken from a secondary school in Chibok region, during a protest earlier this month. Boko Haram, the group that took the girls, says they have been "married off."
Olamikan Gbemiga AP

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 12:54 pm

Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram says the more than 200 girls it kidnapped from a school in April are now married. The group made the claim as its leader denied stories that it has reached a cease fire deal.

"We have married them off. They are in their marital homes," Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said of the girls, in a video that was obtained by Agence France-Presse.

From Lagos, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports:

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The Two-Way
6:23 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Firm Buys Big Bike-Share Service; Expansion And Higher Rates Seen

A Citi Bike user pedals off from a bicycle station. The company that owns the service in New York and other cities has been sold, after suffering problems tied to its supply chain and the weather.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 2:29 pm

Alta Bicycle Share, the company that manages bike-sharing programs in New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities, has been sold to an investment group that includes executives in fitness club operator Equinox and real estate firm Related Companies. The new owners say they'll expand the service in New York, where customers now take more than 1 million trips a month on Citi Bike.

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The Two-Way
1:47 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Thieves Tunnel Into Indian Bank Vault — From Across The Street

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 5:06 pm

When a branch of Punjab National Bank in northern India opened for business Monday, the staff was surprised to find it had been robbed, the strongroom breached from underground by thieves who had dug a tunnel from an empty building some 125 feet away. They had plundered about a quarter of the room's 360 secure lockers before making their getaway.

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The Two-Way
11:09 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Australia Blocks New Visas From West Africa Over Ebola Outbreak

Australia is no longer processing new visa applications from the three worst-hit countries in Africa's Ebola outbreak. Here, a jetliner prepares to land at Sydney's international airport.
Jason Reed Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 12:57 pm

Australia's immigration agency has ceased processing new visa applications from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, over concerns about the possible spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The country has also shut down an aid program in West Africa, Australia's immigration chief says. The move is drawing criticism.

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