Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a blogger and producer who currently works on The Two Way, NPR's flagship blog. In the past, he has coordinated digital features for Morning Edition and Fresh Air, and edited the rundown of All Things Considered. He frequently contributes to other NPR blogs, such as All Tech Considered and The Salt.

Chappell's work at NPR has ranged from being the site's first full-time homepage editor to being the lead writer and editor on 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 has trained both digital and radio staff to use digital tools to tell compelling stories, in addition to "evangelizing" — promoting more collaboration between legacy and digital departments.

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 during the Iraq war.

Chappell's work for CNN also included producing Web stories and editing digital video for SI.com, and editing and producing stories for CNN.com's features division.

Before joining CNN, Chappell wrote about movies, restaurants and music for alternative weeklies, in addition to his first job: editing the police blotter.

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
10:17 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Commuter Train Derails After Hitting Vehicle In Southern California

An overturned Metrolink passenger car sits on the side of the road after the commuter train crashed into a truck and derailed early Tuesday near Oxnard, Calif.
Johnny Corona AP

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 7:43 pm

Dozens of people were reportedly injured in a commuter train crash near Oxnard, Calif., during Tuesday morning's rush hour. Emergency crews swarmed the area, where several Metrolink train cars were thrown onto their sides by the powerful collision.

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The Two-Way
8:54 am
Tue February 24, 2015

VA Secretary Apologizes For Making Special Forces Claim

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, seen here last November, has acknowledged that he was wrong when he said he had been in the special forces.
Chuck Myers Landov

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 2:08 pm

Updated at 1:05 p.m. ET.

The head of Veterans Affairs has apologized for misrepresenting his military record, after telling a man that he had served in the U.S. Special Forces. Secretary Robert McDonald says he made a mistake.

The story drew attention late Monday, weeks after McDonald, an Army veteran and West Point graduate, made the claim during a conversation with a homeless man he met during a community outreach effort.

NPR's Quil Lawrence reports:

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The Two-Way
7:32 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Separatists In Ukraine Say They're Pulling Heavy Weapons Back

A child plays near Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday. Separatists say they've begun to withdraw heavy weapons from the front line — a claim that monitors say they can't verify.
Vadim Ghirda AP

In a claim that's meeting with skepticism in Kiev, Russian-backed separatists say they've started to withdraw heavy weapons in eastern Ukraine, as required by a recent cease-fire. Ukraine's military says separatist attacks are ongoing.

The development comes after Russia's President Vladimir Putin said he thinks a war with Ukraine would be "apocalyptic" — but that the area is now on a path to stability, after the recent Minsk agreement.

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The Two-Way
6:53 am
Tue February 24, 2015

ISIS Reportedly Abducts Dozens Of Christians In Syria

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 10:57 am

Extremist fighters from the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, have kidnapped "at least" 90 Assyrian Christians in northeastern Syria, according to a monitoring group. The claim emerges from an area recently targeted by coalition attacks.

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6:12 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Marijuana Is Now Legal In Alaska, The 3rd U.S. State With Legal Pot

Leaders of the Alaska Cannabis Club share a joint at their medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage. On Tuesday, Alaska became the third state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Mark Thiessen AP

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 12:33 pm

Alaska's voter initiative making marijuana legal takes effect Tuesday, placing Alaska alongside Colorado and Washington as the three U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal. The new law means people over age 21 can consume small amounts of pot — if they can find it. It's still illegal to sell marijuana.

"You can still give people marijuana, but you can't buy it — or even barter for it," Alaska Public Media's Alexandra Gutierrez reports. "So, it's a pretty legally awkward spot. That probably won't stop people from acquiring it, though."

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The Two-Way
10:59 am
Mon February 23, 2015

12 Feet: A Soaring New Broad Jump Record Is Set At NFL Combine

University of Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones takes off for the broad jump at the NFL combine Monday. Jones recorded an NFL record of 12 feet 3 inches.
Julio Cortez AP

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 1:10 pm

If you're ever standing near Byron Jones when he jumps, you might want to stand well back. At Monday's NFL scouting combine, the cornerback from the University of Connecticut nearly flew off the grid that measures the standing broad jump. He landed more than 12 feet away.

Jones recorded 12 feet 3 inches in the broad jump, a discipline that was once in the Olympics. No other player came close to Jones' mark at the combine, the scouting event for players who want to be considered in pro football's draft.

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9:34 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Honda's President Resigns, After A Troubled Year For Carmaker

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 10:32 am

Honda Motor Co., which has struggled with an air bag safety recall and a sales slump, will get a new chief executive this year. Takanobu Ito, who has led Honda since 2009, will leave in June, giving way to Takahiro Hachigo, an executive who began his career as an engineer.

Ito, who has worked at Honda since the late 1970s, will reportedly remain with the company both as an advisor and as a board member. Announcing the move Monday, Honda did not connect Ito's move to the carmaker's recent problems, which range from safety issues to lackluster sales.

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8:16 am
Mon February 23, 2015

The Oscars: What People Are Saying The Day After

Oscar winners J.K. Simmons (best supporting actor), Patricia Arquette (best supporting actress), Julianne Moore (best actress), and Eddie Redmayne (best actor) pose with their trophies, after an awards show that was heavy on advocacy messages.
Jordan Strauss Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 12:16 pm

Along with learning who won an Oscar at last night's Academy Awards, we learned a lot more: Who to call (your parents), and what women should be paid (the same as men). From civil rights to immigration and health issues such as Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's diseases, advocacy was a big part of last night's show. Here's a quick rundown of what people are saying Monday.

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The Two-Way
6:04 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Ukraine Says It Can't Withdraw Weapons, Citing Attacks During Truce

Ukrainian troops ride on self-propelled artillery near Artemivsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday. A Ukrainian military spokesman says that separatist attacks are delaying Ukrainian forces' pullback of heavy weapons from the front line.
Evgeniy Maloletka AP

Noting deadly attacks by Russian-backed separatists who have renewed a push near the southern port city of Mariupol, Ukraine says it can't withdraw heavy weapons from the front lines, as required by a week-old cease-fire.

"Ukraine's military says two government soldiers were killed and about 10 wounded in the past 24 hours," NPR's Corey Flintoff reports from Moscow. "A government spokesman say its positions were hit by shelling 27 times in the past day. Meanwhile, of course, the separatists are claiming that the government initiates the attacks."

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The Two-Way
1:34 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Batter Up, Already: MLB Tries To Speed Up The 2015 Season

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 3:36 pm

Concerned by game times that have bloated beyond three hours, Major League Baseball is putting baseball on a diet for the 2015 season. In upcoming games, timers will regulate the pause between innings, and hitters must now keep one foot in the batter's box nearly all the time.

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11:27 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Virginia's Former First Lady Maureen McDonnell Sentenced To 1 Year In Prison

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell (left) arrives at federal court in Richmond, Va., with her son Bobby for her sentencing on corruption charges Friday.
Steve Helber AP

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 1:38 pm

A federal judge has sentenced Maureen McDonnell, the wife of former Gov. Bob McDonnell, to 12 months in prison, plus one day. Last fall, a jury found the McDonnells guilty in a corruption trial that charged them with taking gifts and loans from a vitamin entrepreneur in exchange for favors.

U.S. District Judge James Spencer delivered the sentence in Richmond this morning. He said McDonnell could be freed on bond pending an appeal.

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The Two-Way
9:18 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Canadian Lawmaker Uses 'Tight Underwear' Excuse To Explain Absence

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 6:57 pm

A member of Canada's House of Commons has earned laughs and toasts from his colleagues, after he blamed his absence during a vote on tight underwear that makes him uncomfortable.

MP Pat Martin of Winnipeg Centre gave the explanation to foil an attempt to have his vote thrown out because, contrary to parliamentary rules, he had left his seat during the voting process.

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The Two-Way
7:55 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Greece Reaches Deal With EU To Extend Loan Terms

A man passes a graffiti in central Athens Friday, as Eurozone finance ministers consider Greece's request to extend the bailout loans that have kept its government afloat.
Aris Messinis AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 2:14 pm

Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET

After lengthy negotiations, Eurozone finance ministers have agreed to extend Greece's financial rescue package, removing the immediate risk of a default that could have forced Athens out of the grouping's common currency.

"It's done. For four months," one of the finance ministers was quoted by Reuters as saying following a meeting in Brussels.

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6:42 am
Fri February 20, 2015

U.S.: Major Offensive Planned Against ISIS In Mosul This Spring

Iraq is preparing to take back Mosul, a senior U.S. military official says. Earlier this month, government-backed Sunni Arab tribesmen who've been training to fight ISIS marched northeast of Mosul, in northern Iraq.
Yaser Jawad Xinhua /Landov

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 12:02 pm

Looking to take back a city that has high strategic and symbolic value, the Iraqi military will launch an offensive against fighters from the self-proclaimed Islamic State in the coming months, a senior U.S. military official says.

NPR's Tom Bowman reports:

"A U.S. Central Command official told reporters at the Pentagon that the military operation to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, will be in the April-May timeframe, and this operation will involve an estimated 20,000-25,000 Iraqi soldiers.

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The Two-Way
5:38 am
Fri February 20, 2015

At Baseball's Spring Training, Giants' Manager Bochy Has Heart Surgery

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (right) had two heart stents inserted Thursday. He's seen here during the Giants' World Series victory parade last year.
Jason O. Watson Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 12:34 pm

Pitchers and catchers have reported for Major League Baseball's spring training in Florida and Arizona. But for defending champions the San Francisco Giants, the excitement is being tempered by concern for manager Bruce Bochy, who underwent heart surgery Thursday.

The procedure, in which doctors inserted heart stents, came one day after Bochy underwent a physical exam. The Giants say that the team's medical staff was monitoring Bochy, 59, after he experienced some discomfort.

From Arizona, Mark Moran of member station KJZZ reports:

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