Thanks for checking out my work. My name is Chapel Fowler, and I'm a 2020 UNC-Chapel Hill graduate currently covering high school and local sports with a dash of news for The Chatham News + Record, a weekly community paper just outside North Carolina's Triangle area.
I've been hooked on sports journalism since the fall of 2016, when I wrote my first ever story for the Daily Tar Heel, UNC's independent student newspaper, on a volleyball match.
Since then, I've worked as a senior writer and sports editor for the DTH, covering virtually every sport on campus; interned at The Charlotte Observer and Virginian-Pilot/Daily Press in Hampton Roads, Virginia; and freelanced consistently for a variety of local and and national outlets.
In my current role at the News + Record, I cover five high schools and anyone or anything else relevant to the sports audience in Chatham County, a short drive from Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill. I also chip in on general news coverage, copy editing, production, social media and our weekly newsletter.
In the clips below, I hope you can get a sense of my writing style. I've picked out a variety of stories, including deadline gamers, in-depth profiles and enterprise stories, from the various publications I've worked for over the last four years.
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BEAR CREEK — If North Carolina baseball played within driving distance, Albert Tally was there. And to fully understand Tally, you must realize: his definition of "driving distance" was very loose.
CHAPEL HILL — As an athletic director, Dena Floyd doesn't shy away from communication. Calls. Texts. Board meetings. Preliminary emails. It's how she keeps the athletic department at Woods Charter School in compliance and running smoothly.
SILER CITY — The Jordan-Matthews swimming and diving team has a brand new head coach this season. But don't worry: she's already plenty familiar with Jennah Fadely, the Jets' top swimmer. How familiar?
Profiles and Features
SILER CITY — He roamed those sidelines for 19 seasons, a 6-foot-4 gentle giant whose steady hand and penchant for the counter right run play made his name synonymous with successful Jordan-Matthews football, enough so that the Jets' administration named the facility after him in 2003.
In June of 2016, Dave Lohse stood on a stage in the grand ballroom of the Hilton Anatole hotel in Dallas. He’d just been announced as the winner of the Achievement Award — an honor that the College Sports Information Directors of America gives out annually.
WINSTON-SALEM — Through one half of play, Wake Forest's football team was looking, well, very much like Wake Forest. It was Oct. 28, 1995, and the Demon Deacons — who entered the game 1-7 — were struggling mightily against Duke.
NORFOLK — If you’ve been to a Norfolk Tides game, you’ve seen Marty Van Buren. Over the last 23 years, he's transformed a tiny stretch of Harbor Park's first-floor concourse into his second home.
BEAR CREEK — You didn't have to worry about Micah Gurley. He didn't get in trouble. He got good grades. Plug him into any position on the football or baseball field - designated hitter, closing pitcher, tight end, emergency quarterback - and he'd find a way to deliver.
On Sept. 3, 1941, Fred Caligiuri sat alone in the Philadelphia Athletics’ dugout, ahead of a road game against the Washington Senators. He was 22 years old, ecstatic about his Major League Baseball call-up and the crisp uniform that came with it.
Game Stories and Sidebars
Only like this could Saturday so quickly turn from a night of triumph for UNC to one of tribulation. From a joyful court storm — yes, they even had the security guards ready — to another defeated trudge toward the locker room. From the definitive win of a topsy-turvy 2019 season to yet another rip-your-heart-out loss, this time against your biggest rival.
GREENSBORO, N.C. — For all that went wrong in Saturday's loss, Louisville still had 6.7 seconds on the clock and a golden opportunity to extend its run in the ACC Women's Basketball Tournament. On the play head coach Jeff Walz drew up, Kylee Shook set a screen for Jazmine Jones on the block.
Team chemistry is one thing, but designated cheers for most of the players on your team is another. The Green Hope volleyball team has advanced to the latter.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Jenny Levy stood at the corner of North Carolina's Soccer & Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday afternoon and rattled off a list of names. After her team's historic drubbing of Maryland, she had plenty of people to thank.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — When this one was over, they ran. They ran to their coaches. To their teammates. To parents and siblings and fans alike.
DURHAM — Southern Durham took a mere three seconds to set the tone in its playoff opener Tuesday. As soon as the Spartans won the jump ball at half court, guard Ricky Council IV took off down the left wing, locked eyes with teammate T.J. Richardson on a set play and elevated for a two-handed alley oop.
North Carolina rowing head coach Sarah Haney has resigned effective immediately, athletic director Bubba Cunningham announced in a statement Monday. Haney’s resignation came five days after The Daily Tar Heel obtained, through an anonymous source close to the program, an email from Cunningham that confirmed the existence of a University Title IX office investigation into the rowing program.
CHARLOTTE — When Harrison Barnes visited Chapel Hill late in the summer, a few months before he began his seventh NBA season, he described his former campus as “crazy." It had been around a week since Aug. 20, when protesters pulled down UNC’s Silent Sam statue the night before classes began.
CHARLOTTE — On March 1, 2018, Jalek Felton withdrew from North Carolina, about a month after the University suspended him and began an investigation into allegations of misconduct. Over a year later, little has changed.