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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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  • A mildly encouraging jobs report

    Any progress on the employment front is good news, and the mild growth reported in December qualifies. Maybe the economy is finally beginning to roll again. Unfortunately, it's still in first gear. We're going to feel as though we're in a recession for...
  • Newt Gingrich gets mad

    Newt Gingrich, who went from leading in Iowa to finishing a distant fourth, got walloped again in New Hampshire, taking less than 10 percent of the vote. He's not a candidate who could break out as soon as people take a good look at him. His problem is...
  • Why is Newt better than Mitt?

    The anybody-but-Romney segment of the Republican party is the main reason one alternative candidate after another keeps rising to the fore, the latest being Newt Gingrich. This faction dislikes and distrusts Mitt because he has abandoned so many liberal...
  • Was Obama a law professor?

    In my column today, I say that Barack Obama was a "law professor," eliciting objections from some readers who say he was not. On this, I defer to the University of Chicago, which says unequivocally that he was. For 12 years, Obama had the title of Senior...
  • Obama's contraceptives-for-Catholics

    The Catholic Church is up in arms over an administration mandate that will force Catholic colleges, hospitals and charitable groups to cover contraceptives in the health insurance they provide for students or employees. I think the administration is in...
  • Who would be Romney's running mate?

    Who would be Romney's running mate?
    Mitt Romney is making good progress toward winning the Republican nomination, and if he stays at it, he'll soon have to start considering his first big decision as the GOP standard-bearer: His running mate. This process is often unpredictable, but this...
  • The California gay marriage verdict

    I've long been on record in favor of allowing gays to marry. So you'd think I'd welcome the federal appeals court ruling that the California ban known as Proposition 8 violates the Constitution. But I don't. In fact, I think it will only help the...
  • Does fiscal stimulus work?

    When liberals address the apparent failure of the 2009 fiscal stimulus package, they take one of two tacks. One is to say things are better than they would have been without it. Another is to say it wasn't big enough, because Republicans wouldn't agree to...
  • The 'danger' of inhalable caffeine

    The 'danger' of inhalable caffeine
    There's a scene in Season 4 of "Friday Night Lights" when Matt Saracen says that thanks to living above a coffee shop, he gets a caffeine buzz just breathing as he walks up the stairs. Old girlfriend Julie Taylor says it's impossible to inhale caffeine....
  • McCain wants war with Syria

    McCain wants war with Syria
    John McCain must have a stack of forms on his desk demanding U.S. military intervention abroad, with a blank space to fill in the name of the country he wants to attack. He supported the war against Serbia, the war against Iraq and the war against...
  • Obama in 2012? Opinion now. Tribune's endorsement call will wait.

    Obama in 2012? Opinion now. Tribune's endorsement call will wait.
    In his Sept. 18 column, Tribune columnist Steve Chapman made the case for Barack Obama to reconsider a second presidential run. Steve's entitled to his opinion -- indeed, the Tribune pays him to write about it. Yet when Steve wrote this essay arguing...