Robert Koehler Bio

Robert Koehler

Robert Koehler is a nationally recognized award-winning journalist, fiction writer and poet whose essays and columns have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines and on public radio and the Internet.

Koehler's column is intensely political without being trapped in partisan politics. It is about values and meaning, back-lit with reverence for life, exploring emotional territory journalism often avoids but readers hunger to read about. Response to the column is often powerful. One reader described it as "blatantly relevant."

Robert Koehler has won numerous writing and journalism awards over a 30-year career, at the national, state and local levels. He is currently a regular contributor to such high-profile Web sites as the Huffington Post, Common Dreams, OpEd News and TruthOut; and is a sought-after speaker on such topics as election fraud and the nature of peace. Eschewing political labels, he considers himself a "peace journalist."

Koehler has been an editor at Tribune Media Services since 1995 and a syndicated columnist since 1999. For many years before that he was a reporter, columnist and copy desk chief at Lerner Newspapers, a chain of neighborhood and suburban newspapers in the Chicago area.

Robert Koehler has earned a master's degree in creative writing from Columbia College and taught writing at both the college and high school levels. Most satisfyingly, he developed innovative approaches to teaching writing to young people at several high schools on Chicago's West Side under the auspices of the Chicago Teachers Center.

Born in Detroit and raised in suburban Dearborn, Koehler has been slowly making his way west. After 10 years in Kalamazoo, Mich., where he attended Western Michigan University, he moved to Chicago in 1976 where he still lives.

Koehler is a widower and single parent. He explores both conditions at great depth in his writing.

Robert Koehler Samples

Genesis, Mother Nature and environmental stewardship

OK, mankind, it's time to grow up, and I see a good way to start: Change the wording of Genesis 1:26. Change one word.

Calling all pagans

Somewhere between these two quotes lies the future: "And I would like to emphasize that nobody on this planet is going to be untouched by the impacts of climate change."

The high stakes of high-stakes testing

A mind is a terrible thing to test, especially a child's mind -- if, in so doing, you reduce it to a number and proceed to worship that number, ignoring the extraordinary complexity and near-infinite potential of what you have just tested.

Monsters in our midst

"It was loaded with meaning and death." Oh lethal, ticklish topic. But the topic is unavoidable.

Make it hurt

"After Russia invaded Crimea, a senior American official vowed to 'make it hurt.'

Poster city of abandonment

White flight, corporate flight . . . I grew up just outside Detroit and have felt an ache in my heart for this bleeding city for so many years now.

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