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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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  • 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...
  • The Plan B myth

    Much of the opposition to the FDA's proposed over-the-counter sale of Plan B came from fear that it would encourage teenagers to have sex and endanger the health of adolescent girls. But one of the grounds for opposition is that it's the moral...
  • Rethinking tattoos

    There are many trends I have no trouble understanding even if I don't participate in them, from Facebook to sushi. But one has always baffled me: tattoos. They used to be rare and they're now common across all races and classes. Some 40 percent of...
  • 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...
  • 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...