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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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  • 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...
  • Kim Jong Il's unlikely life and death

    Kim Jong Il's unlikely life and death
    The most surprising element of Kim Jong Il's death is that it apparently was due to natural causes and that it came 17 years after he took office. Back then, no one expected "the Dear Leader" and his regime to survive. The death of his father, Kim Il...
  • The charm of holiday airline travel

    No, that headline is not meant sarcastically. Yes, flying this time of year can be a crowded, delay-ridden hassle whose cost has risen significantly. Going through airport security is an intrusion that affects the law-abiding far more than it does...
  • 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...
  • Newt Gingrich gets mad

    Newt Gingrich, who went from leading in Iowa to finishing a distant fourth, got walloped again in New Hampshire, taking less than 10 percent of the vote. He's not a candidate who could break out as soon as people take a good look at him. His problem is...
  • How China Sits With Tiananmen 20 Years Later

    How China Sits With Tiananmen 20 Years Later
    Spring always brings new blossoms, but 20 years ago, spring brought to China an unprecedented flowering. In hundreds of cities, citizens took to the streets in peaceful protests to demand freedom, government accountability and an end to corruption --...
  • Is Congress Breathing False Hope Into Failed Ingenuity?

    Is Congress Breathing False Hope Into Failed Ingenuity?
    The Edsel was one of the biggest flops in the history of carmaking. Introduced with great fanfare by Ford in 1958, it had terrible sales and was junked after three years. But if Congress had been running Ford, the Edsel would still be on the market. That...
  • 'Wonderland' and 'Pirates' get model effort from Gentle Giant

     
    WORKING HOLLYWOOD The Los Angeles Times lands on the doorstep (and the desktops) of the film industry and one of the paper's ongoing features is Working Hollywood, which delves into the workaday life of the movie community. Here's one of......
  • GDA information February 22nd

    Early Bird 125 Jeh Jeh was live at the races this morning! The Early Bird 125 weekend kicks off with an open practice this afternoon at 2pm. Saturday, February 23rd will consist of early bird inspection and qualifying for super late models. All BIR...