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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Why Trump Tweeted a Conspiracy Smear Aug 18, 2019

Steve Chapman is off this week. The following column is by Joe Conason. When Donald Trump retweeted a malicious fantasy about the apparent suicide of imprisoned pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, he wasn't merely entertaining his deluded fans. Trump's cons... Read More

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Why Republicans Should Ditch the Electoral College Aug 15, 2019

Beto O'Rourke didn't win a Senate seat in 2018, and he isn't likely to win the presidency in 2020. But he could gain a footnote in the history books as the person who set the Electoral College on the road to extinction. His home state of Texas is a b... Read More

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Trump Is Losing His Trade War with China Aug 11, 2019

In the 1973 film, "The Sting," the character played by Robert Redford sizes up an enemy and says, "He's not as tough as he thinks." Replies his friend, played by Paul Newman: "Neither are we." Someone should have provided similar advice to Donald Tr... Read More