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

The Christmas gifts we really want? They just don't exist

At this point, we all know the true meaning of Christmas. That kid from "Peanuts" -- the one with the blanket -- gives us a lecture every year when we watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Racial controversy wastes valuable white male pundit time, energy

The issue of race in America remains divisive, but what's often ignored is the outsized impact that issue has on one minority group in particular: prominent white, male pundits and politicians.

Teen angst on the wane, threatening social order

I have catastrophic news for American society: Teenagers are becoming less lonely.

Latest act of Obama tyranny: A fowl pardon

Dear Fellow Patriots: This is an urgent call to action for all AMERICANS who care about freedom, liberty and NOT BEING KILLED by marauding bands of hostile foreign turkeys.

What Internet users really need is knucklehead neutrality

The Internet is a wonderful thing. In the old days you had to travel miles to find kittens with bibs, and now they're just a click away. That's wonderful.

2016 presidential prospects, warts and all

Americans must immediately turn their attention to the 2016 presidential election, because time is meaningless, two years is a mere 730 days and it's not like we have much else going on anyway. So focus in, people.

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