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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The continuing Afghanistan failure

    The continuing Afghanistan failure
    The last two days have been a very bad spell in Afghanistan, with bombings that killed seven U.S. troops along with Afghan soldiers, police and civilians. But then, are there ever good days in Afghanistan? Dexter Filkins' piece in the July 9 & 16 New...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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:...
  • 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...