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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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  • Ideas worth writing about

    Ideas worth writing about
    I’m often asked where I get ideas for my column. After some 3,000 of them, you might think I’d run out. But for the most part, finding topics is like finding air -- I’m surrounded by them. Last year’s presidential election...
  • Chicken little report

     
    We are jeopardizing freedom, not expanding it. ...Ill Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, arguing yesterday against the gay marriage bill that passed the Senate 34-21 (with 2 present votes and 2 abstentions) This legislation...deteriorates the free exercise of...
  • Meet the commenters: 'Robert Pruter'

     
    Part of an occasional series Commenter ID: Robert Pruter Real name: Robert Pruter Gender: Male Age: 68 Occupation: Reference and government documents librarian. Previously I worked more than a quarter century as a social sciences editor at a family...
  • Why we can't win in Afghanistan

    Gen. David Petraeus will testify today before Congress on the war in Afghanistan, and he'll probably echo the cautious optimism recently voiced by Defense Secretary Robert Gates about how it is going. But it's hard to see how this war can end well from...
  • Obama's 'abdication' on Libya

    His conservative critics have accused President Obama of "abdication" in failing to use American military forces to help the anti-Gadhafi rebels in Libya. One ridicules him for "a strategy of protracted hesitation." But you can't abdicate something that...
  • Roland Burris, world traveler

    I wasn't disgusted this morning to read that Illinois' senior U.S. senator, Dick Durbin, traveled to 14 different countries, mostly on the taxpayer's dime, in 2009 and 2010. Durbin is the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, and he needs to see the world to...
  • Robert Gates and our 'interest' in Libya

    Robert Gates is generally a hard-headed realist when it comes to international affairs. Realism dictates that you don't use military force except when important national interests are at stake. But as President Obama's defense secretary, he has the duty...
  • Obama's war speech sounds like Bush

    What struck me about the president's address on Libya is how much of it could have been lifted from one of George W. Bush's speeches. For example: "But let us also remember that for generations, we have done the hard work of protecting our own people,...
  • Steve Chapman: Obama's war speech sounds like Bush

    Steve Chapman: Obama's war speech sounds like Bush
  • Obama's plan to reduce oil imports

    President Obama has called for reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third in the next nine years, and I feel safe in saying it's a complete pipe dream. Presidents have been pledging big steps to cut imports for decades, and imports have kept rising. That's...