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

Koch brothers' new mantra: #RichLivesMatter

The problem with most civil rights movements is that they don't pay very well.

Deport Trump supporters? It might work

I was on vacation the past couple weeks, spending time in Canada for three specific reasons: 1) They put cheese curds and gravy on French fries and call it dinner.

Hackers: You're awesome ... please don't hack me

Hackers have been in the news lately, first for threatening to expose millions of philanderers who use the cheating website Ashley Madison and then for remotely hacking into, and taking control of, a Jeep driving on a St. Louis highway.

Republican primary is shaping up like a prank

The early stages of the Republican Party's presidential primary campaign have seemed like an elaborate prank.

Pluto flyby gives us some perspective

This is a good week to feel insignificant.

Is Obama the GOP's best hope in 2016?

In case you haven't been paying attention, the field of Republican presidential candidates is growing so quickly it will soon be able to occupy an actual field.

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