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

In candidate mode, Scott Walker ducks obvious questions

As a gotcha-loving member of the lamestream media, I took time away from my locally sourced quinoa and kale salad on Monday to ask Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin and likely GOP presidential contender, a few questions.

Kansas governor rolls back LGBT protection for state workers

Second-hand bong smoke from neighboring Colorado seems to be causing the governor of Kansas to behave erratically.

Where is all that tyranny we were promised?

If there's one thing I enjoy about the wildly popular television series "The Walking Dead," it's that it promises an apocalyptic version of America, replete with brain-starved zombies and gangs of renegade humans, and then it really delivers.

The anti-vaccine crowd could use an anti-science expert

I'm not exactly sure what "science" means. Besides, as a word user, I think I'm best qualified to determine the meanings of my words. It's thanks to that kind of logic that America faces the return of the once-eradicated measles virus.

Crowd-sourcing reality on Facebook: What could go wrong?

The best thing about the age we live in -- aside from the proliferation of sandwiches that replace bread with two pieces of fried meat -- is the way we can easily weave information into a style that fits us just right.

Let Romney's rebranding begin: Anti-poverty warrior? Cyborg?

Rising like a well-coiffed, buttoned-down phoenix from the ashes of his wildly unsuccessful 2012 presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has politely expressed interest in running again. To many, that sounds like a stretch.

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