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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 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...
  • Justice for Blagojevich

    Justice for Blagojevich
    Corruption has been a plague on Illinois politics and government for decades, and most of the practitioners have gotten away with it most or all the time. Voters have only modest means to clean up the system, because of limited choices and limited...
  • Romney on Obama's 'worse' economy

    After repeatedly saying President Obama had taken over during a recession and made it worse, Mitt Romney now denies making that statement, which makes him look silly. He'd have been better off sticking to his original claim -- which by one important...
  • Ben Bernanke, out of options

    Ben Bernanke, out of options
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke used his annual speech in Jackson Hole to indicate he may take more steps to stimulate growth. But at this point, neither he nor anyone else can really expect it to make much difference. The Fed has already gone...
  • Dick Cheney misremembers the Iraq war

    Dick Cheney misremembers the Iraq war
    In his new memoir, Dick Cheney presents himself as someone who understood that the 9/11 attacks changed the world. Those attacks, he says, made it clear: "We had to do everything possible to be sure they (the terrorists) never got their hands on weapons...
  • Can TSA change make Obama a shoe-in?

    Can TSA change make Obama a shoe-in?
    With unemployment high, consumer confidence battered and the general outlook as grim as a Cormac McCarthy novel, Barack Obama may have virtually no chance of victory in 2012. Or so I thought until his Homeland Security chief, Janet Napolitano, offered a...
  • 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...
  • Hillary for Veep?

    Hillary for Veep?
    With a tough re-election battle looming, President Obama and his aides are said to be considering "the Great Switcheroo" -- making Hillary Clinton Obama's running mate and sending Joe Biden to run the Department of State. Washington Post legend Bob...