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Steve Chapman

Steve Chapman
Steve Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune. His twice-a-week column on national and international affairs, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in some 50 papers across the country.

Chapman has been a member of the Tribune editorial board since 1981. He came to the Tribune from The New Republic magazine, where he was an associate editor. He has contributed articles to several national magazines, including Slate, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, Reason, and National Review. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio news programs, include The CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio's Fr...
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Steve Chapman is a columnist and editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune. His twice-a-week column on national and international affairs, distributed by Creators Syndicate, appears in some 50 papers across the country.

Chapman has been a member of the Tribune editorial board since 1981. He came to the Tribune from The New Republic magazine, where he was an associate editor. He has contributed articles to several national magazines, including Slate, The American Spectator, The Weekly Standard, Reason, and National Review. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio news programs, include The CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio's Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation and On Point.

Born in Brady, Texas in 1954, Chapman grew up in Midland and Austin. He attended Harvard University, where he was on the staff of The Harvard Crimson, and graduated with honors in 1976. He has been a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School.

Chapman, who is married, has two sons, a daughter, and three stepsons. He lives in the suburbs of Chicago.
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Top Steve Chapman Articles

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  • Mayor Daley vs. concealed handguns

    Mayor Daley can't resist an opportunity to express his deep hostility toward guns, even when they're in the hands of law-abiding citizens. Today, he and Rahm Emanuel sent a letter to members of the General Assembly opposing a bill to allow Illinoisans...
  • 'Atlas Shrugged,' the movie

    When I was in college, and fresh from reading a lot of Ayn Rand, I was happy to hear that a movie would be made of “Atlas Shrugged.” Well, it's been 35 years, and here one is, opening on Friday. I’m not a disciple of Rand, but I have...
  • Why are Americans so pessimistic?

    Unemployment is falling, the stock market is rising, and the economy has grown for seven straight quarters. So why are Americans "more pessimistic about the nation’s economic outlook and overall direction than they have been at any time since...
  • Obama withholds the bin Laden photos

    Barack Obama had to know in approving a plan to bury Osama bin Laden at sea that it would fuel suspicions whether we actually got him, and he took the appropriate position: Too bad. The president weighed the alternative, letting him be buried on land, and...
  • The Republicans debate freedom

    Many Republicans think of themselves as followers of Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand. But at the South Carolina debate, they came face to face with someone who really is -- and they seemed bewildered. That someone was former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson,...
  • Steve Chapman and Eric Zorn talk about Barack Obama's support for gay marriage

    Steve Chapman and Eric Zorn talk about Barack Obama's support for gay marriage
    When President Obama announced Wednesday that he had come around to support legalizing same-sex marriage, public reaction picked up quickly. It struck Tribune columnist Steve Chapman,too. He talked with me about his reaction -- he thought it was...
  • Private sector doing fine?

    President Obama's remark today that "the private sector is doing fine" may qualify as the most boneheaded thing he's ever said. The White House quickly realized as much in more or less retracting the statement. I'm sure Obama is acutely aware that the...
  • Newt Gingrich's biggest hero: himself

    Newt Gingrich's biggest hero: himself
    When I was a young journalist freelancing for The Washington Monthly, an iconoclastic "neo-liberal" publication that specialized in applying the same scrutiny to liberal schemes as it did to conservative ones, the legendary editor Charlie Peters told me,...
  • Why is Newt better than Mitt?

    The anybody-but-Romney segment of the Republican party is the main reason one alternative candidate after another keeps rising to the fore, the latest being Newt Gingrich. This faction dislikes and distrusts Mitt because he has abandoned so many liberal...
  • The Plan B myth

    Much of the opposition to the FDA's proposed over-the-counter sale of Plan B came from fear that it would encourage teenagers to have sex and endanger the health of adolescent girls. But one of the grounds for opposition is that it's the moral...
  • Rethinking tattoos

    There are many trends I have no trouble understanding even if I don't participate in them, from Facebook to sushi. But one has always baffled me: tattoos. They used to be rare and they're now common across all races and classes. Some 40 percent of...
  • Needle exchange, HIV, and the feds

    Going back to the 1980s, the federal government has been spending money to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS. For most of that time, the effort excluded state and local programs to provide drug users with clean syringes -- even though study after study...