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
10:23 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Police Use Dog To Find Memory And Hard Drives In Search

In June, the 167th Patrol Dog Class graduated from their canine narcotics and electronic media detection training, held by the Connecticut State Police Canine Unit. At far left is Thoreau, who now helps police in Rhode Island find computer hard drives.
Daniel Owen Courtesy of The Hartford Courant

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 11:18 am

Police in Rhode Island have a secret weapon to fight child pornography: a 2-year-old Labrador named Thoreau, who's been trained to sniff out computer hard drives. The dog is credited with finding a thumb drive that was hidden deep inside a metal cabinet last month.

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The Two-Way
11:35 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Meeting Abuse Victims, Pope Francis Begs Forgiveness

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 10:30 am

Pope Francis spent parts of Sunday and Monday meeting with six people who had been sexually abused by priests, speaking with them about the lingering effects of their experiences and asking for their forgiveness.

The sessions brought the first official meetings with abuse survivors for Francis; his predecessor, Pope Benedict, met with the victims on several occasions.

From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports:

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Dozens Of Women Reportedly Escape Nigeria's Boko Haram

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 9:32 am

More than 60 women and girls who had been abducted by Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram have reportedly escaped to freedom, after their captors left for a raid. More than 200 schoolgirls abducted in April remain missing.

Nigerian officials say 68 women were abducted two weeks ago in the country's northeast. The Associated Press, citing a vigilante leader in the town of Maiduguri, reports that 63 of them made it to safety over the weekend.

From Dakar, NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports for our Newscast unit:

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The Two-Way
9:29 am
Mon July 7, 2014

TSA Tightens Rules For Devices At Overseas Airports

In Paris, soldiers patrol at Charles de Gaulle Airport last week. French airports have reportedly agreed to a new TSA policy requiring electronic devices to be powered up before they're allowed on U.S.-bound flights.
Michel Euler AP

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 1:55 pm

Update at 4:54 p.m. ET

People flying to the U.S. on international flights may want to keep their cellphones charged: Under a new policy, these and other devices might not be allowed on the plane if they can't power up.

The Transportation Security Administration says its new guideline is aimed at certain airports that have direct flights to the U.S. Officials at those overseas facilities should require passengers to turn on electronic devices before they're allowed to board, the TSA says.

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The Two-Way
10:55 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Purling In Anger: Arrest Breaks Up 'Knit-In' At Vermont Utility

Jane Palmer of Monkton, Vt., was arrested after refusing to leave the Vermont Gas Systems headquarters in South Burlington on Wednesday. She and four other women were knitting in protest of a planned pipeline.
Taylor Dobbs Vermont Public Radio

Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 3:37 am

A "knit-in" was broken up in South Burlington on Wednesday, after five women who are unhappy with a Vermont Gas pipeline plan occupied the utility's waiting room — and occupied themselves by knitting.

One woman was bound off by police, taken away in what Vermont Public Radio says were five squad cars that responded to perhaps the most civil of all disobediences.

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The Two-Way
11:51 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Protesters Turn Back Buses Of Immigrant Detainees Near San Diego

Protesters block the arrival of immigrant detainees who were scheduled to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol station in California on Tuesday.
Sam Hodgson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 12:10 pm

A plan to move immigrant detainees to a Border Patrol facility north of San Diego has set off protests and counterprotests this week, as residents and activists argue over how to treat people caught entering the U.S. illegally.

Three buses that were carrying nearly 140 migrants to a processing center were forced to turn around Tuesday, after their path was blocked by protesters urged on by the mayor of Murrieta, Calif. The migrants, mostly women and children, had reportedly crossed the border in Texas and were then flown to San Diego.

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The Two-Way
9:32 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Google Glass Faces A Ban In British Movie Theaters

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 11:03 am

Just one week after Google Glass went on sale in the U.K., fears of piracy have led to calls to ban the eyewear from being worn in movie theaters.

Criticism of the Google device, which can allow those wearing it to record what they see, has come from the powerful Cinema Exhibitors' Association, which as the BBC reports "has no power to enforce a ban, but instead makes recommendations to most of the country's cinema industry."

From London, Ari Shapiro reports:

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The Two-Way
9:31 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Tim Howard Emerges As Hero In U.S. World Cup Loss

No Score: Belgium's Divock Origi throws himself into the net behind goalkeeper Tim Howard of the U.S. during Tuesday's World Cup Round of 16 game.
Ruben Sprich Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 9:34 am

After a wrenching loss to Belgium ended the U.S. team's World Cup run, fans are still touting the play of goalkeeper Tim Howard, Photoshopping his head onto U.S. currency and even (briefly) dubbing him Secretary of Defense on Wikipedia.

In Tuesday's game, Howard set a new World Cup record by making 16 saves. The mark dates back to at least 1966, when organizers started keeping records of that statistic. He was elected man of the match in the 2-1 loss.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Tue July 1, 2014

France's Former President Sarkozy Taken Into Custody

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy turned himself in to the anti-corruption office of the French police (Oclciff) in Nanterre, near Paris, Tuesday. Sarkozy is being detained for questioning in a widening corruption probe.
Dominique Faget AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 9:13 am

Just two years after leaving the presidency, former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy turned himself in to police this morning as part of an inquiry into a cover-up of suspected illegal campaign fundraising. Sarkozy, 59, is reportedly France's first former president to be taken into formal custody.

From Paris, NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports:

"Sarkozy is being questioned over his behavior during a probe of possible illegal financing for his 2007 campaign from France's richest woman, L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Tue July 1, 2014

VA Offers Doctor's Appointment To Man Who Died In 2012

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 8:37 am

Nearly two years after her husband died, a Massachusetts woman received a letter saying that a Veterans Affairs hospital was ready to see him. Suzanne Chase's husband, Doug, was a Vietnam veteran who died of a brain tumor; the agency is apologizing over the mistake.

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The Two-Way
1:07 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Altidore Will Be Ready For Belgium, U.S. Soccer Says

U.S. striker Jozy Altidore (left) works out with Fabian Johnson (center) and Jermaine Jones during a World Cup training session in Salvador, Brazil, Monday. The U.S. says Altidore is fit to play against Belgium in their elimination matchup Tuesday.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Mon June 30, 2014 12:31 pm

American forward Jozy Altidore, who missed the U.S. team's last two World Cup games with a strained hamstring, is "ready and available" to play against Belgium tomorrow, U.S. Soccer has announced.

The elimination game will start at 4 p.m. EDT. Tuesday; it'll be on ESPN and Univision.

Altidore is hoping to return from the injury that took him out of America's opening win over Ghana two weeks ago. In his absence, the team tied Portugal and lost to Germany, 1-0.

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World Cup Fever
12:32 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

USA Vs. Belgium: If The World Cup Were Played In Beer

Tuesday afternoon's match between the U.S. and Belgium will pit two countries with burgeoning beer scenes — and a shared love of fries.
photobuddah Flickr

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 11:59 am

The Americans have the spunk, the vigor and a willingness to try anything. The Belgians have the art, the creativity and the tradition of world-class success. We're not just talking about their looming World Cup matchup here. We're also talking about beer.

The topic of beer and the World Cup is now bubbling around in the highest offices of the two nations.

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The Two-Way
10:33 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Suarez Ban Is 'Excessive,' Bite Victim Says

Giorgio Chiellini of Italy pulls down his shirt to show a wound after clashing with Luis Suarez of Uruguay (not pictured). After Suarez was suspended for four months over his biting of Chiellini, the Italian said the punishment was too harsh.
Julian Finney Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 8:03 am

Giorgio Chiellini, the Italian defender whose shoulder bore teeth marks after a clash with Uruguay's Luis Suarez during a World Cup match Tuesday, says FIFA's four-month ban of Suarez is too harsh. Chiellini released a statement on his website saying his thoughts are with the star striker and his family.

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The Two-Way
10:14 am
Thu June 26, 2014

'We Welcome' Syrian Airstrikes On ISIS, Iraqi Leader Maliki Says

Iraqis who have fled as the Sunni extremist group ISIS has spread in northern Iraq enter a camp for displaced people between the Iraqi city of Mosul and the Kurdish city of Irbil on Thursday. Iraq's leader says he welcomes Syria's attacks on ISIS.
Hussein Malla AP

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 4:07 pm

With both Iraq and Syria facing threats from the extremist group ISIS, a recent attack by Syrian warplanes along the countries' border was a welcome development, says Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. He says that he didn't ask for the airstrikes — but he doesn't have a problem with them, either.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Clinic 'Buffer Zone' Law

Eleanor McCullen and her attorney, Philip Moran, stand outside the Supreme Court in January after arguments in the case of McCullen v. Coakley.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 26, 2014 11:49 am

The Supreme Court has struck down a Massachusetts law mandating a 35-foot buffer zone around clinics that provide abortion services.

Backers of the legislation have said the law treats groups equally, requiring both supporters and opponents of abortion rights to maintain their distance from the clinics. But in a unanimous ruling Thursday, the justices found that the buffer zone infringes on the First Amendment rights of protesters.

From the law experts at SCOTUSblog:

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