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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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  • Why Obama should withdraw

    When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984, his slogan was "Morning in America." For Barack Obama, it's more like midnight in a coal mine. The sputtering economy is about to stall out, unemployment is high, his jobs program may not pass, foreclosures...
  • Bully pulpit's limits

    Bully pulpit's limits
    In the summer of 1971, the nation was in the doldrums. Inflation was rising, and unemployment was painfully high. The stock market was sinking. Polls indicated President Richard Nixon could lose his 1972 re-election bid. He decided major changes were...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Newt Gingrich's biggest hero: himself

    Newt Gingrich's biggest hero: himself
    When I was a young journalist freelancing for The Washington Monthly, an iconoclastic "neo-liberal" publication that specialized in applying the same scrutiny to liberal schemes as it did to conservative ones, the legendary editor Charlie Peters told me,...
  • 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...