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

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.

Obama, conspicuous by his absence in Paris

I wonder how the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo might lampoon President Barack Obama for not attending Sunday's massive march in Paris, an event that drew as many as 1.5 million people and more than 40 heads of state in a show of unity a...

Modern-day protesters need a clear voice in a noisy, noisy world

One of my guiding principles in life is to agree with everything Oprah Winfrey says.

My 100 percent accurate predictions for 2015

Greetings, fellow Americans. I know what you're thinking. My prescient pre-observations of the coming year are absolutely guaranteed to be 100 percent "nowccurate."

Rewriting Christmas carols to meet all needs is quite a task

Christmas -- or "the holidays," as it's called by people who watch MSNBC -- brings families together to celebrate all they have in common while arguing noisily about all that sets them apart.

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."

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