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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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  • Bachmann's assault on public health [The conversation]

     
    Is upholding virtue more important than protecting women from a common STD that's proven to cause cervical cancer? Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann thinks so. More reasonable and researched opinionators disagree. What Bachmann gets right...
  • Countering withdrawal talk

     
    UPDATE: Chapman counters. Chicago Mag's Whet Moser offers a rebuttal to Steve Chapman's column "Why Obama Should Withdraw." in which Chapman contrasted the third year of Ronald Reagan's first term to President Obama's third year: People were also just...
  • Iowa determined to go first in GOP presidential nomination race

     
    Herman Cain disrupted the Republican nominating process with a surprise win in the Florida GOP straw poll, but now the Sunshine State looks to do some disrupting of its own by moving up its primary....
  • Lowering Cain

     
    [Republican presidential hopeful Herman] Cain is a businessman who not only doesn't know a lot about politics but doesn't know what he doesn't know. It's easy to look good when you're not under a microscope -- ask Rick Perry....Steve Chapman...
  • Webliography: The WWHHD (What Would Hillary Have Done?) question and the idea that Clinton should replace Joe Biden on the 2012 ticket

     
    Updated with more links and pull quotes Wool-gathering here after the Bears' victory, wondering if Hillary Clinton would have been a much different president than Barack Obama and whether it might be smart for Obama to ask her to tap......
  • Fine lines

     
    George W. Bush was the guy you'd like to have a beer with. Gingrich is the guy you wouldn't want to be stuck next to on a long flight..... It's hard to know whether he suffers intermittent derangement or simply......
  • Tattoo resurgence as permanent as the ink?

     
    Steve Chapman's riff today on tattoos -- They're ugly, a form of self-mutilation masquerading as self-expression. As a way of showing your edgy, noncomformist personality, getting inked always seemed to me about as sensible as lopping off an ear. --...
  • Google search sends pot reform fears up in smoke

     
    Emanuel's reform to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana isn't all that radical Jon Krause illustration Powerful Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, had this to say Monday about Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to decriminalize possession of...
  • Alderman lays an egg in opposing Chick-fil-A

     
    Hey, it's fine by me if the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain gets City Council approval to build a second Chicago store. That would simply double the number of Chick-fil-A restaurants in the city for me to boycott. Because what's not fine......
  • He's a mean one

     
    The video offers an embarrassing show of ignorance from a candidate who sells himself as a hardheaded problem-solver. No one will be shocked to discover that Romney, like the Grinch, has a heart that is "two sizes too small." But......
  • The ol' switcheroo

     
    The president found himself facing a last-minute replacement named Mitt Romney, a bipartisan-minded compromiser who says, "You can't have a free market without regulation," vows not to accept any tax cut that would increase the deficit and wants to tell.....