Rex Huppke, Chicago Tribune columnist

Rex Huppke

Huppke began his career as a chemical engineer, but soon decided that making money wasn’t for him. Journalism seemed a reasonable path to poverty and, after earning a master’s degree from the University of Missouri Graduate School of Journalism, he launched his career working for the Associated Press in Indiana. Huppke wandered the state telling stories of national interest, and was one of ten media witnesses to the 2001 execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

In 2003, he joined the staff of the Chicago Tribune, writing about everything from gang violence and inner-city poverty to the glory of competitive arm wrestling and a southern Illinois town famous for its albino squirrels. His reporting and writing always honed in on the humanity of his subjects, feeding a passion for social justice and a relentless desire to speak for those whose voices often went unheard.

As he transitioned to column writing, Huppke found his penchant for humor an effective way of delivering opinions. In 2012, Huppke wrote a satirical obituary for facts: “Facts died Wednesday, April 18, after a long battle for relevancy with the 24-hour news cycle, blogs and the Internet.” That column was named one of Time Magazine’s Top 10 opinion pieces of the year.

He lives in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife, two sons and a 95-pound dog that he believes may be part cow.

Rex Huppke Samples

GOP mantra: Be afraid, be very afraid

There's something the Republican presidential contenders want you to know: You should be TERRIFIED.

Max Max movie: A feminist trick?

I was warned not to see the new apocalyptic thriller "Mad Max: Fury Road." I was told it was emasculating feminist propaganda cleverly disguised as an explosion-filled action flick.

A bold approach to campaign finance reform: Hire a trillionaire

All you need to run for president these days is a billionaire. Or two. Three is even better, but you can certainly manage with just one.

Texans fear U.S. army invasion; can stoner dolphin raid be far behind?

As most of you already know, the U.S. military will soon be invading Texas, confiscating everyone's guns, implementing martial law and mandating that barbecue restaurants serve only vegan food.

End outrage by out-outraging the outraged

If there's one thing we should all be furious about, it's outrage.

There's a better use for billions than a presidential race

Nobody is more passionate about the need for campaign finance reform than a presidential candidate about to campaign using unreformed finances.

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