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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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  • 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...
  • Newt Gingrich's biggest problem

    Newt Gingrich performed well in last night's debate. He was calm, focused, and knowledgeable, and he gave what the Fox News audience wanted to hear about President Obama. He defended himself reasonably well, though not very persuasively, on his...
  • Kim Jong Il's unlikely life and death

    Kim Jong Il's unlikely life and death
    The most surprising element of Kim Jong Il's death is that it apparently was due to natural causes and that it came 17 years after he took office. Back then, no one expected "the Dear Leader" and his regime to survive. The death of his father, Kim Il...
  • The charm of holiday airline travel

    No, that headline is not meant sarcastically. Yes, flying this time of year can be a crowded, delay-ridden hassle whose cost has risen significantly. Going through airport security is an intrusion that affects the law-abiding far more than it does...
  • Justice for Blagojevich

    Justice for Blagojevich
    Corruption has been a plague on Illinois politics and government for decades, and most of the practitioners have gotten away with it most or all the time. Voters have only modest means to clean up the system, because of limited choices and limited...
  • Romney on Obama's 'worse' economy

    After repeatedly saying President Obama had taken over during a recession and made it worse, Mitt Romney now denies making that statement, which makes him look silly. He'd have been better off sticking to his original claim -- which by one important...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The continuing Afghanistan failure

    The continuing Afghanistan failure
    The last two days have been a very bad spell in Afghanistan, with bombings that killed seven U.S. troops along with Afghan soldiers, police and civilians. But then, are there ever good days in Afghanistan? Dexter Filkins' piece in the July 9 & 16 New...
  • Give Jesse Jr. a break

    Along with everyone else, I think the voters of Jesse Jackson Jr.'s district are entitled to know a lot more about what's wrong with him and what his prospects are. But I don't think it's fair to blame him for the lack of information, and I don't think...
  • 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...