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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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  • 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...
  • Santorum: Wrong on pornography

    I can understand if Rick Santorum wants to prosecute pornographers on the grounds that explicit fare encourages non-marital sex, promotes the use of birth control or saps vital fluids. I would think he's off-base, but he'd at least have a plausible case....
  • Trayvon Martin and the 'stand your ground' law

    Trayvon Martin and the 'stand your ground' law
    In the uproar over the killing of Trayvon Martin, two guilty parties have been identified: George Zimmerman and Florida's "stand your ground" law. I have no attachment to Zimmerman. But having defended the law when it was passed in 2005, I think it has...
  • 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...
  • Brevard students excel in national Ford auto repair contest

     
    Two students at Merritt Island High School in Brevard County, Sam McLean and John White III, have proven themselves as among the top young mechanics in the state and the nation. The team, led by instructor Steve Chapman, won the state title and competed...
  • Gay marriage foes not giving up their flimsy arguments

     
    My fear — based on secular, more than religious precepts — is that watering down marriage could eventually rob society of the stabilizing and other beneficial effects of an institution now relentlessly under attack. Perhaps this argument is...
  • How we got here and why we'll stay here

     
    Lots of voters will lose interest in fiscal discipline once they realize it means tangible sacrifice on their part. They might even exact vengeance at the polls. Getting voters to endorse frugality is easy. Taking money out of their hands......
  • Why the media ignore Ron Paul

     
    Jon Stewart riffed amusingly and with a bit of indignation on last night's "Daily Show" on the idea that reporters and commentators are unfairly giving short shrift to Texas Republican U.S. Rep. Ron Paul after Paul's strong, second-place showing in......
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....