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" β€” 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
7:01 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Espresso In Orbit: SpaceX Craft Brings Coffee Machine To Space Station

The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule nears the International Space Station, as astronauts prepare to snag it with a robotic arm Friday.
NASA TV

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 7:13 am

The coffee on the International Space Station is about to get much better. The SpaceX Dragon cargo capsule linked up with the station today, bringing groceries, supplies β€” and a long-awaited espresso machine, called the ISSpresso.

In a rendezvous that was streamed live on the web, astronauts inside the ISS extended a robotic arm and captured the SpaceX Dragon Friday morning. NASA says the pair made contact 257 miles over the Pacific Ocean.

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The Two-Way
6:19 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Former IMF Head Rato Is Arrested For Tax Fraud In Spain

Rodrigo Rato, who led the International Monetary Fund from 2004-2007, was arrested in Spain last night over charges of tax evasion and money-laundering.

An influential figure in Spanish banking and politics, at the IMF Rato was the predecessor of Dominique Strauss-Khan, who left office under a cloud of legal troubles and allegations of sexual assault.

From Madrid, NPR's Lauren Frayer reports:

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The Two-Way
2:05 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Yoda? Is It Thou? Figure In 14th-Century Manuscript Looks Familiar

A religious volume from the early 1300s includes this image of a monk who resembles the Jedi Master Yoda of the Star Wars films.
The Britsh Library

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 2:34 pm

A long time ago, in a place far away, a manuscript was created with an enigmatic figure who looks a great deal like a certain little β€” and yet powerful β€” green guy from the Star Wars films. It's an unlikely connection between a religious tome and science fiction.

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The Two-Way
11:43 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Homeless Shelter Opts To Close Instead Of Accepting People On Drugs, Alcohol

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 2:07 pm

Faced with a state rule that links funding to the admission of people who are actively using drugs or alcohol, a group that runs a homeless shelter in Manchester, Conn., is choosing to close the 40-bed facility. More than half of the shelter's budget reportedly comes from the state.

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Thu April 16, 2015

With Quad Cork 1800, Snowboarding Twists To New Heights

The British snowboarder Billy Morgan on his way to landing a Backside 1800 Quadruple Cork. Before this week, the trick was a subject of debate β€” including the question of whether it could be performed.
Red Bull

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 1:47 pm

If you're new to this area of winter sports, we'll reassure you: The Quad Cork 1800 is not a drink. Instead, it's a big deal in the sport of snowboarding, where Billy Morgan is being hailed as a hero for pulling off a trick that some had thought impossible.

The British snowboarder accomplished the feat on a slope at the Mottolino Resort in Livigno, Italy, where a special wedge of snow was built to provide enough speed and lift for Morgan to perform four off-axis flips and five full rotations while in the air.

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The Two-Way
6:44 am
Thu April 16, 2015

South Korean President Promises To Raise Sewol Ferry, One Year After Tragedy

People pay tribute at a group memorial altar for victims of the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol at a remembrance hall in Ansan on Thursday.
Jung Yeon-Je AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 9:21 am

Speaking on the first anniversary of a catastrophe that killed 304 people, President Park Geun-hye pledged Thursday to salvage the Sewol ferry, which capsized and sank during a trip to a resort island. Nine bodies are believed to remain inside the ship.

"Most of the victims were actually students from a single high school," NPR's Elise Hu reports, "so this obviously sent the country into deep grief β€” but also outrage, since the rescue effort was widely viewed as bungled."

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The Two-Way
5:51 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Ocean Search Area For Lost Malaysian Airliner Is Set To Double

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss (left), Malaysia's Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai (center) and Chinese Transport Minister Yang Chuantan shake hands after a news conference about Flight MH 370 on Thursday. The search zone for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight will be doubled if nothing is found in the huge undersea area now being scanned for wreckage.
Mohd Rasfan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 8:49 am

It has been more than a year since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 was lost with 239 people on board. Officials now say they'll double the already huge search area in the southern Indian Ocean to 46,000 square miles if the plane isn't found by next month.

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The Two-Way
12:28 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

U.S. Predicted To Be Net Energy Exporter In Next Decade; First Time Since 1950s

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 5:13 pm

The U.S. will reach a new balance in energy trade "sometime between 2020 and 2030," says the Energy Information Administration, which predicts the U.S. could become a net energy exporter in the near future.

The federal agency's prediction cites a rise in domestic natural gas production and changes in energy demands. If it happens, the shift would end a streak of more than 50 years in which the U.S. has been a net importer of energy.

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The Two-Way
10:17 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Former NFL Star Aaron Hernandez Gets Life Sentence For Murder

A court officer places handcuffs on the wrists of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez after he was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday at the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Mass.
Dominick Reuter Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 1:36 pm

Aaron Hernandez, whose rise to elite status in the NFL was ended by charges that he shot and killed a man, has been found guilty of first-degree murder. In 2013, Hernandez was accused of killing the boyfriend of his fiancee's sister.

The verdict comes on the seventh day of a jury's deliberations on counts that ranged from murder to gun and ammunition charges. As the findings were read in a Fall River, Mass., courtroom, Hernandez sat between his lawyers and occasionally shook his head.

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The Two-Way
9:08 am
Wed April 15, 2015

EU Charges Google With Antitrust Violations, Will Also Look At Android

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announces formal charges against Google, accusing the company of abusing its dominant position as Europe's top search engine.
John Thys AFP/Getty Images

Saying that Google has abused its dominant position in the search market "by systematically favoring its own comparison shopping product," the European Commission has sent a list of antitrust charges to the search giant. The European Union has also opened a new inquiry into the Android mobile system.

"I am concerned that the company has given an unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service" and broken European law, says the EU commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager.

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