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Steve Chapman
Editorial Board Member and Columnist
My Role

Steve Chapman writes a twice-weekly column on national affars, which is syndicated in some 50 newspapers across the country, and writes editorials on legal issues, economics, and foreign relations. He also does a blog that appears on the Chicago Tribune web site.

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.
My Biography

Steve Chapman writes a twice-weekly column on national and international affairs that is syndicated in some 50 papers. A member of the Tribune editorial board since 1981, 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.

My Recent Articles

What's wrong with victims' rights? 4/20/2014
An appealing concept offers less than meets the eye Criminals are generally despised, and cops are not universally beloved. But one participant in the criminal justice system has no enemies: victims of crime. They're the Sara Lee of American politics. Everybody doesn't like someone, but nobody doesn't like victims.

Is U.S. credibility at stake in Ukraine? 4/18/2014
The Russian aggression against Ukraine seems unsurprising to critics of President Obama, including the crusading editorial board of The Washington Post. An editorial this week blamed the unrest in Donetsk and other eastern cities on the administration's alleged failure to act, and raised a familiar charge. Unless the president does something soon, the United States will "lose what little credibility it retains on Ukraine."

Obama and missile defense myths 4/17/2014
He didn't embolden Putin by abandoning allies Hawks in the wild tend to be solitary creatures. But those in Washington, D.C., often appear in noisy flocks. As Russian President Vladimir Putin continues his predatory activities in Ukraine, conservatives here are unanimous on how the Obama administration should respond: by emulating the Bush administration.

Time for a casino in Chicago 4/16/2014
If you live in Illinois or visit the state and want to gamble, you have lots of options. There are ten riverboat casinos, in places ranging from Metropolis to East St. Louis to Joliet. But 23 years after casino gambling was legalized in Illinois, there still isn't one in the biggest city between New York and Los Angeles. Chicagoans have to take themselves and their money out of town to play.

Harmless drones get federal flak 4/13/2014
Regulators overreach on miniature aircraft In March 2012, volunteers spent four days looking for a 2-year-old boy who wandered away from his home outside Houston. They found him only after volunteers reviewing images captured by a drone-mounted aerial camera saw a flash of red in a pond that had already been searched. It turned out to be a shirt worn by the child, who had drowned.