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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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  • 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....
  • Lowering Cain

     
    [Republican presidential hopeful Herman] Cain is a businessman who not only doesn't know a lot about politics but doesn't know what he doesn't know. It's easy to look good when you're not under a microscope -- ask Rick Perry....Steve Chapman...
  • Webliography: The WWHHD (What Would Hillary Have Done?) question and the idea that Clinton should replace Joe Biden on the 2012 ticket

     
    Updated with more links and pull quotes Wool-gathering here after the Bears' victory, wondering if Hillary Clinton would have been a much different president than Barack Obama and whether it might be smart for Obama to ask her to tap......
  • Fine lines

     
    George W. Bush was the guy you'd like to have a beer with. Gingrich is the guy you wouldn't want to be stuck next to on a long flight..... It's hard to know whether he suffers intermittent derangement or simply......
  • Tattoo resurgence as permanent as the ink?

     
    Steve Chapman's riff today on tattoos -- They're ugly, a form of self-mutilation masquerading as self-expression. As a way of showing your edgy, noncomformist personality, getting inked always seemed to me about as sensible as lopping off an ear. --...