Most Recent Work
Thanks for checking out my work! My name is Chapel Fowler, and I'm a senior journalism major at UNC-Chapel Hill. I'm also graduating in May 2020 and actively searching for post-grad jobs and internships in sportswriting.
In the fall of 2016, I wrote my first ever story for the Daily Tar Heel, UNC's independent student newspaper, on a volleyball match. Since then, I have:
-- Won state and national awards for my work covering North Carolina men's basketball, one of the state's most competitive beats
-- Interned in professional newsrooms (The Charlotte Observer and The Virginian-Pilot/Daily Press) where I covered everything from the NFL, NBA and NASCAR to summer-league baseball, high school field hockey and sand soccer tournaments
-- Served as a sports editor, senior writer and staff writer at the DTH, where I've covered virtually every sport on campus alongside major men's basketball and football games
-- Covered high school and college sports as an active and reliable freelancer for the (Raleigh) News & Observer, U.S. Lacrosse Magazine and Louisville Courier-Journal, among other outlets.
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.
if you can't already tell, I'm hooked on sports journalism -- and I'd love to bring my obsession with great writing, reporting and storytelling to your news outlet! If you'd like to get in touch for any reason, you can find me on Twitter or LinkedIn by clicking the links below or email me at [email protected]
Most Recent Work
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.
If only the moment could have lasted a little bit longer for Brandon Robinson, the lone four-year scholarship senior on this UNC roster who scored 18 points on the Senior Night he always felt was so far away until it came.
It was, in all, quite the contrast to Tuesday’s first-round blowout of Virginia Tech. And hasn’t that so often been the case? Forward Armando Bacot certainly thought so. "I just think that was the story of the season,” he said. "One night, we're playing good, next night … I don't know."
Profiles and Features
Baseball and collecting are in Marty Van Buren's blood. It's natural, then, that he's latched on and thrived as the Harbor Park's resident card man. But the longtime elementary school teacher's story is more than just selling baseball cards for 23 years. Van Buren, 62, has overcome a lot to get here.
In 2015, as he played the final 24 games of his pro basketball career, Sean May surprised himself. It began in spurts.
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.
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.
WILLIAMSBURG — Marsha Lycan, an assistant coach on the William & Mary women's soccer team, just finished a new project. It's part decoration, part history lesson. In her office, Lycan has meticulously printed and pasted the composite shots of every Tribe women's soccer team on two open walls.
It was a bad idea, then a crazy idea, then, eventually, the most successful publicity stunt in Charlotte Hornets history. And it was hatched in October 1991 on a ride home from Atlanta.
Game Stories and Sidebars
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.
In a 28-25 win over Miami, UNC started out hot, flirted with disaster, eventually lost its lead and, for the second week in a row, exorcised the fourth-quarter demons that have haunted it for the last two seasons behind a true first-year quarterback who looks like anything but.
VIRGINIA BEACH — If you ask the USA Patriots about the reasoning behind their Kids Camp, they'll talk about representation.
North Carolina’s 33-point man exited the locker room and settled into what’s become his self-proclaimed spot in the Smith Center players’ lounge: propped up in the far left corner, sitting on a long table used for catering, with a wall of blue tile behind him.
If any of UNC's seven losses this season truly cast a shadow of doubt on the team's NCAA Tournament chances, it was this one. Michigan, Ohio State, Gonzaga and Virginia are all ranked teams. An optimist could twist Wofford into a feel-out game, Cole Anthony's first on the sideline, and Georgia Tech into one of those early blips ACC teams so often have when conference play begins.
In the summer of 1999, Vasco Evtimov made a promise. He had just forfeited his last two years of college eligibility, opting to sign with a Greek professional team over returning to North Carolina, where his basketball career had been anything but standard.
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.