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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1:41pm

Thu March 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Ruby Heartstealer Goes To Vienna, Putting High Society In A Tizzy

Karima El-Mahrough, the Moroccan teenager linked to the sex scandal involving Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, will attend the highlight event of Vienna's social season Thursday night, along with a millionaire who is reportedly paying her $55,000 to be his guest.

The news that Mahrough — also known as Ruby Rubacuori, or "Ruby Heartstealer" — would come to the Vienna Opera Ball as the date of Richard Lugner has brought both excitement and trepidation to those attending the ball.

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12:42pm

Thu March 3, 2011
The Two-Way

BP: No Bonuses For Heads Of Gulf Operations

BP will not give bonuses to two executives who ran the oil giant's Gulf of Mexico operations last year: former CEO Tony Hayward, and the former head of exploration and production Andy Inglis.

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12:10pm

Thu March 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Spider Web In Gas-Tank Vent Prompts Mazda Recall

Mazda is recalling more than 50,000 sedans after finding that the car offers an alluring spot for spiders to spin their webs — and possibly cause fuel to leak. The recall of Mazda 6 models from 2009 and 2010 was prompted by the discovery of a spider web in a vent connected to the fuel system.

The company says that without ventilation, excess pressure in the gas tank could create a leak, which then raises the risk of a fire.

According to the AP:

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11:35am

Thu March 3, 2011
The Two-Way

New Zealand Ends Rescue Search To Focus On Recovery

In Christchurch, New Zealand, officials have ended the search for survivors of the powerful earthquake that struck nine days ago.

"Sadly, there becomes a point where the response effort shifts in focus from rescue to body recovery," said the country's Civil Defense Emergency Management chief, John Hamilton. "We have now reached that point."

Search and rescue teams have been working nonstop since the 6.3-magnitude quake struck. In the first 24 hours, they located and saved 70 people.

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10:57am

Thu March 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Jobs Are Up, Sales Are Up — But So Are Gas Prices

Weekly jobless benefit claims fell to their lowest point since May 2008, as economists say that many employers may finally begin hiring for new jobs to meet market demand.

The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending Feb 12 was 9,236,041, according to the Department of Labor.

From a Newscast report, here's Paul Brown:

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