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

Headline

How's your old man? "For the first time since he died/Late last night I cried..." I had never, for instance, felt so willing to share my father with the rest of the world --not since preadolescence, anyway.

U.S. militarism won't eradicate 'traces of evil'

Barack Obama's central dilemma last week, when he tried to sell a new war to the American public on the eve of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, was to speak convincingly about the wisdom and effectiveness of U.S. foreign policy over the last decade-p...

Fast-draw morality

"So you want to disarm cops LOL yeah that's an intelligent thing to do the gang bangers would love that surely they will unilaterally disarm too."

A future that values everyone

"I think if we had a gun we would have been shot immediately." This is as good a place to start as any, at the logical limits of violent self-defense.

The courage to disarm

The Ferguson tragedy, like all those that preceded it and all that will follow -- involving the trivial and panicky use of lethal force, by the police or anyone else -- stirs up questions the social status quo doesn't dare face.

Deep justice in Ferguson

Black 'hood, white cops. And so it begins, and begins, and begins. But we can't talk about healing -- yet.

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