Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a producer who works with Morning Edition and, coordinating with radio and digital media staff to create Web features that complement stories heard on-air. He also frequently writes original Web pieces.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to writing for its World Cup 2010 blog. Chappell's assignments have included being the lead Web producer on NPR's trip to Asia's Grand Trunk Road, as well as being the Web liaison and producer of the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps project.

Chappell was an integral part of the team that executed a comprehensive redesign of NPR's Web site in 2009. One year later, the site won its first Peabody and the National Press Foundation's Excellence in Online Journalism award, among others.

Drawing from his experience in improving NPR's storytelling ability, he trains both digital media and radio staff in using NPR's digital tools.

Other shows he has worked with include Fresh Air, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation and Piano Jazz with Marilyn McPartland.

Prior to joining NPR in 2003, Chappell worked on the Assignment Desk at CNN International, handling regions from Asia and Africa to Europe and Latin America.

During the intensive early months of the Iraq War, he coordinated packages and live shots out of Qatar, Israel and Australia. During the war, he set up live interviews and brought in packages to supply content to CNN's global networks.

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.

Chappell's prior work included producing Web pages and editing digital video for, as well as editing and producing news and features at His entry to CNN came via the network's central library, where he often manned the reference desk.

Chappell's entry into national journalism came after years of writing about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies. 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.



Fri July 22, 2011
The Two-Way

With Two Stages Left, Tour De France Shakes Up Standings

Defending Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is harangued by a man dressed in medical togs, during Contador's climb of the Alpe d'Huez.
Lionel Bonaventure AFP/Getty Images

The final steep mountain stage of the Tour de France brought a flurry of attacks, as Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck, Cadel Evans and a handful of other riders struggled to win time over each other on the iconic Alpe d'Huez.

At the end of the day, Schleck took over the Tour lead, a testament to his refusal to let first Contador, and then Evans, ride away from him.

With two stages remaining, the top 10 riders are:

  1. Andy Schleck, Luxembourg, Leopard-Trek, 82 hour, 48:43
  2. Frank Schleck, Luxembourg, Leopard-Trek, plus 53 seconds
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Thu July 21, 2011
The Two-Way

Schleck Wins In Alps, Climbing Into Second Place In Tour De France

Andy Schleck climbs Galibier pass, where he won the 18th stage of the 2011 Tour de France. Thursday's 124.6-mile course ran between Pinerolo and Galibier Serre-Chevalier ski resort.
Nathalie Magniez AFP/Getty Images

Andy Schleck has shaken up the 2011 Tour de France, attacking in the Alps on the hardest stage of the 2,131-mile Tour. Schleck made his move on the second intensely steep climb of the day, bursting out of the pack that held rivals Cadel Evans and Alberto Contador, along with overall race leader Thomas Voeckler.

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Tue July 19, 2011
The Two-Way

Oscar Pistorius Qualifies To Run At Track World Championships

South African runner Oscar Pistorius, right, runs in the 400 meter race in France, July 8, 2011. His time in a race in Italy Tuesday was good enough to send him to the World Championships.
Franck Fife AFP/Getty Images

Oscar Pistorius, the sprinter who runs on prosthetics made from carbon fiber, has officially qualified for the World Championships in Athletics, which will be held in Daegu, South Korea.

Needing to run the 400-meter race in 45.25 seconds or quicker, Pistorius set a new personal best, at 45.07.

It's been a good month for Pistorious — as The New York Times reported last week, he's the face of an ad campaign for Thierry Mugler's new fragrance.

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Tue July 19, 2011
All Tech Considered

Game Your Facebook Status: The 'Via' Spoof And Your Gullible Friends


Facebook status updates have been blamed for both break-ins and break-ups. And the "via" feature — which shows the source (device and/or service) of the status update — comes across as both an invasion of privacy and free advertising.

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Sun July 17, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Women Lose To Japan, In A Title Game Of Many Chances

Originally published on Sun July 17, 2011 4:59 pm

Members of the U.S. women's national team look on after losing the FIFA Women's World Cup Final against Japan. The Americans lost on penalty kicks after overtime expired with the teams tied, 2-2.
Joern Pollex Getty Images

The FIFA Women's World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan had a familiar feel to it, as the American squad once again found themselves being pushed to the brink. But the confidence, skill and resourcefulness that propelled them past Brazil and France weren't quite enough Sunday, and the U.S. women lost despite never trailing Japan in 120 minutes of play on the field.

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