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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3:24pm

Fri April 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Canada's Serial Drunk Driver Taken Off Road For 8 Years

A Canadian court has upheld an 8.5-year prison sentence for a man who has repeatedly been convicted of driving while intoxicated. Terry Naugle, 53, had appealed the sentence in Nova Scotia's highest court on the grounds that it was too harsh.

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2:46pm

Fri April 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Tracking Oil And Gas Rigs In The U.S. (Yes, There's An App)

Can you guess the number of rigs that are now actively looking for oil and natural gas in the United States? It now stands at 1,776 — one of America's favorite numbers. The figure reflects a rise of 38 rigs in the past week, and a gain of 311 over the same week one year ago.

The AP reports:

Houston-based Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 891 rigs were exploring for gas and 877 for oil. Eight were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, the count was 1,465.

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1:25pm

Fri April 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Unemployed Need Not Apply: State Bans Want-Ad Ploy

They say it takes money to make money — but does it take a job to land a job? Some companies in New Jersey think so, leading the state to enact a new law that forbids employers from requiring that all new job applicants be currently employed.

The law is evidently the first of its kind in the United States. Joel Rose filed a report for Newscast:

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12:28pm

Fri April 1, 2011
The Two-Way

Amnesty Faults Italy For Conditions In Lampedusa

The Italian government failed to meet its human-rights obligations in dealing with thousands of Tunisian migrants on the small southern island of Lampedusa, says Amnesty International.

The human rights group says Italy's government allowed the living conditions of the Tunisians to reach a crisis point, with only minimal amounts of water available, and little access to basic sanitary facilities.

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6:46pm

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

White House Wins Open-Government Award; Keeps It Secret

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 8:29 am

A view into the Oval Office, at the end of last summer. President Obama (very) quietly accepted an award Monday for his efforts to make government more transparent.
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President Obama was presented with an award for his efforts to make government more transparent Monday. If it seems a bit late to report that news on a Thursday, it is — but the award was kept secret for much of this week.

The award was presented "behind closed doors with no media coverage or public access allowed," the AP reports. The meeting was also reportedly not on the president's official schedule.

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