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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...
  • Our Laguna: A grand reopening at Aliso Creek Golf Course

    Caring for less fortunate neighbors is par for the course in Laguna. The reopening of Aliso Creek Golf Course on Sunday raised funds to be donated to the Laguna Beach Relief and Resource Center for the survivors of the December Deluge. The proceeds...
  • Divide the power

    Divide the power
    Divided we stand, united we fall. I know, I've got the old adage backward. But when it comes to solving one of the biggest problems looming over the nation — the federal budget deficit — backward could be the best way to go. We may soon...
  • 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: Weiner's confession and apology

    Anthony Weiner behaved like a prize idiot in sending out risque photos of himself to women he didn't know, and he compounded that giant mistake with his brazen lying about it when it came to light. But give the guy credit: When he decided to confess and...
  • U.S. troops, Afghan corpses

    It would be irresponsible to make too much of the photos of American troops posing with dead Afghan insurgents published today in the Los Angeles Times. This is not My Lai or even Abu Ghraib. The killings themselves, as far as we know, were legitimate. In...
  • The value of the Iowa caucuses

    Iowa may be "too white, too evangelical, too rural" to be a good representative of the U.S. electorate, as NBC's Andrea Mitchell puts it. The caucuses, requiring a big commitment of time, may also be an awkward proxy for a real vote. Some people think the...
  • Santorum and the Iowa losers

    After the Iowa caucuses one year, I recall, every candidate in the field went before TV cameras to proclaim the outcome a victory for him. This time, the claims were not quite so universal. But it seems clear that there was only one winner last night:...