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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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  • 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...
  • Steve Chapman and Eric Zorn talk about Barack Obama's support for gay marriage

    Steve Chapman and Eric Zorn talk about Barack Obama's support for gay marriage
    When President Obama announced Wednesday that he had come around to support legalizing same-sex marriage, public reaction picked up quickly. It struck Tribune columnist Steve Chapman,too. He talked with me about his reaction -- he thought it was...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Fine lines

     
    The (Mitt) Romney campaign faults the (Obama) administration for "bowing to Chinese pressure and refusing to sell F-16s to Taiwan." But Obama did increase U.S. arms shipments to the Taiwanese, including Patriot missiles and Black Hawk helicopters. And...
  • 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. --...
  • 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......
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...