About Steve Chapman

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 and Reason. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio news programs, including The CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio's Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation.

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 visiting media fellow at the American Academy in Berlin and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and he has served on the Visiting Committee of the University of Chicago Law School. He has received an honorary doctorate from Lake Forest College.

Chapman has three children and two stepchildren and lives with his wife in suburban Chicago.

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Republican Sense of Humor Oct 13, 2019

Steve Chapman is off. The following column is by Mark Shields. Twenty years ago, former U.S. Transportation Secretary, President of the Red Cross and future North Carolina Sen. Elizabeth Dole was a decidedly long-shot candidate for the Republican pr... Read More

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Trump's New Mouthpiece Oct 10, 2019

Steve Chapman is off this week. The following column is by Joe Conason. On the same day the White House plunged the nation into a constitutional crisis by refusing to provide witnesses or documents to House Democrats conducting an impeachment inqui... Read More

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Joe Biden's Most Important 'Endorsement' Oct 06, 2019

Steve Chapman is off. The following column is by Mark Shields. Let's repeat it together three times: Preprimary polls testing would-be presidential nominees have all the permanence of numbers written with a stick in the wet sand at the ocean's edge ... Read More

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The Republican Betrayal of Ukraine Oct 03, 2019

Not so long ago, congressional Republicans strenuously opposed the Russian conquest of Crimea, saw an urgent need to help Ukraine fight back and castigated the president of the United States for withholding the military aid it needed. What ever happe... Read More