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

Your 'scientific' view of Ebola fails to impress me

Science is knowledge based on facts derived from observation and experimentation. At least that's what the so-called "scientists" and "dictionaries" want you to believe.

History won't view marriage equality holdouts favorably

There's an oft-repeated phrase in discussions of same-sex marriage: "Be on the right side of history." I prefer something simpler: Be right.

Half of wildlife has disappeared -- good job, humans!

The World Wildlife Fund has released its latest Living Planet Index report, and it includes a rather startling statistic: "The number of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish across the globe is, on average, about half the size it was 40 y...

Where's our cut of that campaign ad spending?

The midterm elections approach with the subtlety of a tacky neighbor's 15-foot-tall inflatable yard pumpkin. It's presently impossible to click on a television or open a webpage without seeing video of some politician lying to us.

Obamacare's latest failure: It couldn't deliver promised Armageddon

So far one of the most maddening aspects of Obamacare is the law's stubborn refusal to irreparably destroy America.

Activist investors: Hands off America's piles of free carbs!

I joke around quite a bit in this space, but today I address the greatest threat America is facing: a reduction in the number of free breadsticks served at Olive Garden restaurants.

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