Bill Chappell

Bill Chappell is a writer and producer who currently works on The Two Way, NPR's flagship news portal. In the past, he has edited and coordinated digital features for Morning Edition and Fresh Air, in addition to editing 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.

The BOTS Act of 2016 is now on its way to President Obama's desk, after both houses of Congress approved the legislation that seeks to widen access to online ticket sales and foil scalpers who try to corner the market. The ban applies to ticket sales for any public event that can be attended by 200 or more people; it targets software that routinely defeats attempts by venues to try to limit the number of tickets one buyer can purchase. The full name of the legislation is the Better Online...

Citing Belgian beer's integral role in social and culinary life, UNESCO is putting the country's rich brewing scene (with nearly 1,500 styles) on its list representing the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Belgium's beer culture is one of 16 new additions that were announced Thursday. Other honorees include the making of flatbread in Iran, Turkey, and elsewhere; Cuba's rumba music, Egypt's Tahteeb stick game, and long-observed festivals in Japan, France, Spain and Greece. When Belgium...

Its official name is the perigee-syzygy, meaning the moon is both full and closest to Earth. But many call it the supermoon, and Monday's version will be a "showstopper," NASA says. It's the nearest supermoon in almost 70 years — and we won't see another like it until 2034. "When a full moon makes its closest pass to Earth in its orbit it appears up to 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter, making it a supermoon," NASA says. Here are five things to help you enjoy this supermoon: When To...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37dw2r45Xzg Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell has died in Nashville at the age of 74. His wife, Jan, said through an intermediary that the legendary musician and songwriter had died Sunday in his sleep in Nashville. Russell "had heart bypass surgery in July and was recovering from that," his record company tells NPR in confirming Russell's death. The musician had been hoping to resume touring in January. A native of Oklahoma, Russell's talents — and his...

Care Bears didn't make the cut; neither did Transformers or Uno. But it's a good day for Little People — first produced by Fisher-Price in 1959 — as the Toy Hall of Fame announces its 2016 class of inductees. Also getting the nod: Dungeons & Dragons, which was praised for creating a system of imaginative play that has entranced both kids and adults; and the humble swing, which in the past 100 years has grown from its ancient roots to become a playground favorite. The nomination process for...

Is it the dessert topping that eats like a spread, or the spread that can also be a dessert topping? That's a question the U.S. government is asking about Nutella, the chocolate and hazelnut treat, in a new request for comments. The answer could cut the number of calories and fat listed on Nutella's nutritional labels in half. The disparity stems from how the Food and Drug Administration lists two classes of foods. Since 1993, the government has considered Nutella to be a dessert topping; its...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3J0iwwsq-w http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sp3zaeOyL7Q They're officially the coolest kids to come out of Forest Hills High in Queens, N.Y., and that's saying something. The street where the Ramones — Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy — went to high school is now named for them, as they beat out other former students such as Burt Bacharach, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. It's a natural fit for a band that personified street-tough punk rock to have a street named...

The state of Vermont and the city of Phoenix have joined the list of places that now call the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples' Day, in a show of momentum for honoring indigenous people on the federal holiday that's named for Christopher Columbus. Phoenix is now the largest U.S. city to recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day, according to member station KJZZ , which says the move came on a unanimous vote. Other cities have adopted similar laws in recent years, including Seattle and...

It's one of the most famous delis in the U.S., if not the world; its food has been called "nearly orgasmic" — but now comes word that New York's famed Carnegie Delicatessen will be closing its doors at the end of 2016. "We have very sad news," reads a message from the restaurant on its Facebook page . "This is probably one of the most difficult decisions we have had to make. Carnegie Deli New York (845 7th Avenue) will close on December 31, 2016." The deli first opened in 1937 — meaning that...

In the TV comedy version of Portland, Ore., the bookstore is called Women and Women First. In real life, it's In Other Words — and the shop is using frank terms to say the Portlandia show is no longer welcome to film there. The feminist store and community center faults the show's depiction of men dressing as women, its treatment of store staff, and its role in gentrification and race relations. The staff of In Other Words made those claims in a blog post that shares its title with a sign...

"It's just a dot of light, but it's a very special dot of light." That's how Queen guitarist Brian May describes the asteroid named for his late friend and bandmate Freddie Mercury. Official designation: Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury. "Happy Birthday Freddie!" May wrote on Twitter. "They already named a planet after you, but this little ROCK is a bonus! ha ha." The celestial body was discovered in the same year Mercury died at age 45. It was dedicated to the singer in honor of what would have...

His career in the music business ranged from Elton John to Eazy-E: Jerry Heller, who co-founded Ruthless Records alongside rapper Eric Wright (better known as Eazy-E), has died, according to multiple media outlets and family members. In the recent film Straight Outta Compton , Heller was portrayed by Paul Giamatti. Heller was 75; his death was widely reported Saturday and confirmed to both the AP and Billboard by his cousin, Gary Ballen. Music site DJ Booth says Heller's nephew also announced...

Rio 2016 organizers dropped the curtain on the Summer Games on Sunday after hosting the world's elite athletes who've competed for 306 medals over the past 19 days here in Rio de Janeiro. The closing ceremony starts at 8 p.m. local time, which is one hour ahead of Eastern Time. Because of NBC's time delay, it's airing at 8 p.m. ET and progressively later across the U.S. We're updating this post with scenes from the event, so please refresh to see what's happening in Rio. We got a late start...

Rio is welcoming the world to the Summer Olympics — and after months of negative news and setbacks, organizers for these games on Friday finally got to do what the city's famous for: Throw a party, in the form of an hours-long Opening Ceremony. Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil are headlining a show that's heavy on samba drums and dancing, highlighting Brazil's history and heritage. And the Parade of Nations kicked off with 207 delegations following their flag-bearers into Rio's venerable...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbOG2HS1WKo Two of Brazil's greatest strengths — its dazzling culture and its flair for spectacle — will power the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics on Friday night. Organizers will unleash samba drums, singers and dancers in a show designed to thrill a global audience and silence the criticism surrounding the preparations. To pull it off, producers had to figure out how to move thousands of athletes and hundreds of performers in and out of a stadium whose...

His art appeared in a range of places, from the Navy News and Tales from the Crypt to Time and TV Guide . Jack Davis, a founding member of Mad magazine, has died at 91. The influential cartoonist was one of the humorists known as the "Usual Gang of Idiots." Davis' knack for dry caricature created iconic parodies for Mad, spoofing TV and films from High Noon to Raiders of the Lost Ark, Gone with the Wind and M*A*S*H. "More than any one piece, it was Jack's immediately recognizable style that...

A Syrian man whose asylum request had been denied by German officials used an explosives-laden backpack to kill himself and wound 12 other people near a concert in southern Germany. Police are still trying to unravel the motives for the 27-year-old's action. From Berlin, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports: "The Syrian bomber lived in the Bavarian town of Ansbach, where he carried out the attack. He had been rejected for asylum and had only temporary permission to stay in Germany. Police say...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATrRojfcgRM http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNl-J7rj488 The Odd Couple, Laverne & Shirley, Happy Days, The Flamingo Kid, Pretty Woman : If you had to live on a deserted island, you could do far worse than to take the work of Hollywood legend Garry Marshall along to keep you company. The list of Marshall's popular work stretches even further, from his early time as a writer for The Tonight Show with Jack Paar, to multiple episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7q4RIf6Anrk After being called out for editing its live broadcast of the fireworks in Washington, D.C., to show fireworks bursting in clear air — on a night in which the weather was dominated by fog, low clouds and misting rain — PBS called it "the patriotic thing to do." Viewers in the Washington area — many of whom had likely been waiting out the rain and checking the weather all day — quickly noticed the discrepancy and took to Twitter to call PBS' annual A...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbJt8X9G09U A wildlife hospital in Britain had no trouble spotting — or smelling — this patient. After all, the sea gull had doused itself in a vat of chicken tikka masala. After an exam, two findings emerged: The bird would be fine, and "boy did he smell good!" That's the description given by Lucy Kells, a veterinary nurse at the Vale Wildlife Hospital near Tewkesbury, who chronicled the bird's recovery on Facebook . Speaking to Wales Online — the bird was...

The Mars candy company brought M&M's to Sweden in 2009. But the country already had a famous chocolate candy marked with an M — and now a court says M&M's should melt from the market, owing to a trademark infringement. The case pitted Mars against Mondelez International, which uses its Marabou label to sell M-marked chocolates that it calls Sweden's "all-time favorite." Mars Nordic's corporate affairs director, Ylva Freiesleben, tells NPR, "we have always believed no confusion exists between...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5C2QUrxFRo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfR5O2PXzfc He flew jets for the Navy and helped fix the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA. But at 82, retiree John Hetlinger is making waves for his full-throttle take on a famous heavy metal song. Hetlinger's gusto has taken him from karaoke night to an appearance on America's Got Talent . Earlier Tuesday, Hetlinger also became an unlikely star for the Born and Bred Metalhead Facebook page: A video of the octogenarian...

Top supporters of an audacious Belgian pipeline will get a bottle of beer every day for the rest of their lives. That's in return for putting more than $8,000 toward bringing a pipe dream to life, and helping a brewery remain in the historic town of Bruges. Since last year, De Halve Maan, which produces two famous beers — Straffe Hendrik and Brugse Zot — has been making headlines for its solution to a nagging problem: How to get beer from its brewery to a bottling plant some 2 miles away...

Some 80,000 residents of Fort McMurray who have fled the wildfire raging in Alberta, Canada, are now hearing that the fire has destroyed 1,600 homes and other structures. The province is now under a state of emergency; areas around Fort McMurray are also under a boil-water advisory. For a sense of how dire the situation is, consider that many residents who were evacuated from Fort McMurray on Tuesday were ordered to move once again Wednesday night — and it happened quickly. Officials who...

The Solar Impulse 2 landed in the Phoenix area Monday night, welcomed by spectators at Goodyear Airport as the plane's pilots continue their quest to be the world's first solar powered airplane to fly around the Earth. The 745-mile trip took nearly 16 hours — less time than expected, largely due to powerful tailwinds. The plane reached a maximum altitude of 22,000 feet. From member station KJZZ in Phoenix, Andrew Bernier tells our Newscast unit: "The average speed of Solar Impulse 2 is 45 mph...

Hamilton , the Broadway musical about "the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America" has made history, after being nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards. The nominees were announced today . Hamilton eclipsed the 15 nominations that were garnered by both The Producers (2001) and Billy Elliot (2009). For more about the musical, see this post/podcast from NPR's Linda Holmes . Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and force behind Hamilton, is nominated for three individual awards, including...

Ballerina Misty Copeland, who made history when she became the first black female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre last summer, now has her own Barbie doll. The doll wears a costume similar to Copeland's for her Firebird role. "My goal has always been to be a principal dancer with ABT," Copeland told NPR back in 2014. She has accomplished that goal — and in a video about the new doll that was released Monday, she says she played with Barbie dolls until she was 13, the same year...

After tens of thousands of votes, the pair of eaglets born in the National Arboretum last month now have official names. Freedom and Liberty won, beating out other options such as Stars and Stripes. The eagles have been very popular. Since February, more than 35 million people have watched them progress from eggs to hatchlings to eaglets, according to the American Eagle Foundation, which set up cameras near the birds' nest in the arboretum in Washington, D.C. More than 36,000 online votes...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYOQDnWFXYI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX6k5tRzDuU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3c-QkSXMl98 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEWMTBljHao http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ifu68paz3Q Billy Paul, the soul singer whose smooth voice and impeccable phrasing made "Me and Mrs. Jones" into a classic, has died at age 80. A Philadelphia native whose name at birth was Paul Williams, the singer reportedly had cancer. Paul's manager, Beverly Gay, tells NBC10 in...

Prince — the Purple One, who reeled off pop hits in five different decades — has died at age 57. The shocking news was confirmed by Prince's publicist after reports that police were investigating a death at his Paisley Park compound outside Minneapolis. "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer Prince Rogers Nelson has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said. "There are no further details...

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