Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a producer who works with Morning Edition and NPR.org, 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 CNNSI.com, as well as editing and producing news and features at CNN.com. 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.

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2:22pm

Fri March 11, 2011
The Two-Way

Japan's Quake 'Beyond Our Imagination' Eyewitness Says

In the first seconds of the powerful earthquake that struck Japan Friday, Chie Matsumoto was outside, in the middle of Tokyo. "I saw high rises sway like I had never seen before," Matsumoto says. "So many people came out of the buildings and we evacuated to the largest park in the neighborhood."

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12:00pm

Fri March 11, 2011
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Walker Signs Bill On State Unions; More Protests Planned

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that removes the collective bargaining rights of most public employees in the state. As a result, Walker withdrew the threat of a massive layoff, which he said would have been needed if the bill on bargaining rights had not been approved.

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4:09pm

Thu March 10, 2011
The Two-Way

VitaminWater's Health Claims Spark Lawsuits In Canada

Sports drinks made by Vitamin Water are the target of potential class-action lawsuits in Canada, over claims that the vitamin-fortified drinks make false claims of being healthy. The CBC reports that the two lawsuits, which name VitaminWater's corporate parent, Coca-Cola, are in the early stages.

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2:47pm

Thu March 10, 2011
The Two-Way

House Subcommittee Moves To Block EPA Funding On Emissions

A House subcommittee has voted to deny funds for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases, in a Thursday session that pitted Republicans against Democrats in a heated debate.

"This bill would block the Environmental Protection Agency's costly global warming regulatory agenda," said the bill's Republican sponsor, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Rep. Fred Upton, in prepared remarks.

From The Wall Street Journal:

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1:00pm

Thu March 10, 2011
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Clinton Plans To Visit Egypt And Tunisia; Will Meet With Libyans

As Egypt and Tunisia struggle to form viable governments following the exit of their longtime leaders, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to visit the two nations next week. In Congress Thursday, Clinton told Congress that the goal is to help them move toward democracy.

Clinton also said that she will meet with members of Libya's anti-Gadhafi movement. And she said that the Obama administration is suspending all ties to Libya's Washington embassy.

Here's a report filed by Michele Kelemen for Newscast:

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