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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The Redemption of Michael Vick Dec 12, 2019

It's hard to exaggerate the viciousness of what Michael Vick did. While playing for the Atlanta Falcons, the star quarterback financed a dogfighting operation, provided a site for fights on land he owned, and took part in training dogs to fight. Arre... Read More

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Americans Turn Away from the Death Penalty, and Democrats Are With Them Dec 08, 2019

Kamala Harris has always opposed capital punishment. As district attorney of San Francisco, she refused to seek the death penalty for an accused cop-killer, infuriating the police union and putting her at odds with California Democratic Sen. Dianne F... Read More

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At the NATO Summit, Trump Indulges His Weird Obsessions Dec 05, 2019

Donald Trump is a volatile personality with a penchant for creating chaos and uncertainty. His impulsive, irascible nature often makes it appear that the only logic to his presidency is whatever event or TV clip happens to grab his attention. But it ... Read More

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Rewarding Bad Behavior Is a Recipe for Worse Nov 28, 2019

Professional football involves systematic violence. On every play, men do things that would get them arrested in other contexts. What makes it a game — rather than a brawl, a riot or deadly combat — is that the violence is controlled. The... Read More