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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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  • Newt Gingrich gets mad

    Newt Gingrich, who went from leading in Iowa to finishing a distant fourth, got walloped again in New Hampshire, taking less than 10 percent of the vote. He's not a candidate who could break out as soon as people take a good look at him. His problem is...
  • The 'danger' of inhalable caffeine

    The 'danger' of inhalable caffeine
    There's a scene in Season 4 of "Friday Night Lights" when Matt Saracen says that thanks to living above a coffee shop, he gets a caffeine buzz just breathing as he walks up the stairs. Old girlfriend Julie Taylor says it's impossible to inhale caffeine....
  • McCain wants war with Syria

    McCain wants war with Syria
    John McCain must have a stack of forms on his desk demanding U.S. military intervention abroad, with a blank space to fill in the name of the country he wants to attack. He supported the war against Serbia, the war against Iraq and the war against...
  • The triumph of moderate Republicans

    The triumph of moderate Republicans
    Back in Jane Austen's day, a young woman might be smitten with a poor man, but she would marry someone with a fortune if she possibly could. Today's Republicans are similar. They may love to hear Rick Santorum preach morality or Newt Gingrich denounce...
  • Santorum: Wrong on pornography

    I can understand if Rick Santorum wants to prosecute pornographers on the grounds that explicit fare encourages non-marital sex, promotes the use of birth control or saps vital fluids. I would think he's off-base, but he'd at least have a plausible case....
  • Trayvon Martin and the 'stand your ground' law

    Trayvon Martin and the 'stand your ground' law
    In the uproar over the killing of Trayvon Martin, two guilty parties have been identified: George Zimmerman and Florida's "stand your ground" law. I have no attachment to Zimmerman. But having defended the law when it was passed in 2005, I think it has...
  • Ben Bernanke, out of options

    Ben Bernanke, out of options
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke used his annual speech in Jackson Hole to indicate he may take more steps to stimulate growth. But at this point, neither he nor anyone else can really expect it to make much difference. The Fed has already gone...
  • Dick Cheney misremembers the Iraq war

    Dick Cheney misremembers the Iraq war
    In his new memoir, Dick Cheney presents himself as someone who understood that the 9/11 attacks changed the world. Those attacks, he says, made it clear: "We had to do everything possible to be sure they (the terrorists) never got their hands on weapons...
  • Can TSA change make Obama a shoe-in?

    Can TSA change make Obama a shoe-in?
    With unemployment high, consumer confidence battered and the general outlook as grim as a Cormac McCarthy novel, Barack Obama may have virtually no chance of victory in 2012. Or so I thought until his Homeland Security chief, Janet Napolitano, offered a...
  • Why Obama should withdraw

    When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was "Morning in America." For Barack Obama, it's more like midnight in a coal mine. The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures...
  • Obama in 2012? Opinion now. Tribune's endorsement call will wait.

    Obama in 2012? Opinion now. Tribune's endorsement call will wait.
    In his Sept. 18 column, Tribune columnist Steve Chapman made the case for Barack Obama to reconsider a second presidential run. Steve's entitled to his opinion -- indeed, the Tribune pays him to write about it. Yet when Steve wrote this essay arguing...
  • Hillary for Veep?

    Hillary for Veep?
    With a tough re-election battle looming, President Obama and his aides are said to be considering "the Great Switcheroo" -- making Hillary Clinton Obama's running mate and sending Joe Biden to run the Department of State. Washington Post legend Bob...