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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5:47pm

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

Photographer's Lybia Ordeal: 'You're Going To Die'

New York Times photographer Lynsey Addario's attempt to document the retreat of Libyan rebels near Benghazi left her in the custody of Moammar Gadhafi's soldiers — who abused Addario and three of her colleagues for several days, before their release on March 21.

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3:45pm

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Birth Rate Drops; Do We Blame Recession Or Abstinence?

The national birth rate fell 4 percent between 2007 and 2009 — more than it had in any two-year period in the past 30 years. With a national average of 66.7 births per 1,000 women between the ages of 15 and 44, nearly every demographic group had lower birth rates, with the sole exception being women over 40.

By age, the largest decline was 9 percent, among women between 20 and 24. Fertility rates among Hispanic women also dropped by 9 percent.

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1:47pm

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

KIPP Charter Schools Have Funding Edge, Study Says

One of America's most successful charter-school networks receives more government money than it has previously admitted — and it's also not as successful as it has stated, according to a new study.

Researchers say that schools in the Knowledge Is Power Program have a much higher attrition rate than in the school systems from which they draw their students — especially among African-American children.

Here's part of a Newscast report filed by Claudio Sanchez:

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12:49pm

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

T. Rex Has A Cousin In China, Researchers Say

A predatory dinosaur has been named a relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, based on the discovery of a skull and jaw bones that paleontologists say are very similar to those of the famous carnivore. The jaw contains teeth that are some 4 inches in length.

As reported by the BBC, the prehistoric animal, named Zhuchengtyrannus magnus, was found in Zhucheng, a city in eastern China's Shandong Province. The name is translated as "Tyrant from Zhucheng."

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11:54am

Thu March 31, 2011
The Two-Way

U.S. Fighter Jet's Engine Explodes On Carrier Off California's Coast

A fighter jet's engine exploded on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Stennis, injuring 10 sailors and causing five of them to be airlifted to hospitals in Southern California.

The carrier was conducting training exercises 100 miles off the coast of San Diego when the incident occurred.

According to a Pentagon news video on the KPBS blog The Home Front, the incident happened Wednesday.

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