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

Zero tolerance

"As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me." The speaker is testifying before the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

A new dark age

"What struck me" journalist Christian Parenti said in a recent TruthOut interview, referring to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, "was the fact that these local towns and states around the region were sending the only resources they had to New O...

Broken windows, broken spines

The 21st century has skewed off plan and begun to break open. "But at least 15 police officers have been hurt, 200 arrests, 144 vehicle fires -- these are statistics.

Moment of silence

This is big. Black men die, over and over. "'We're out here, and this is peaceful,' Bishop Walter S. Thomas, pastor of the New Psalmist Baptist Church, shouted to the crowd.

Idiots of the world, unite

"Sir, you are an idiot." Wow, an insult wrapped in such old-fashioned politeness. Last week I raised the idea of unarmed policing, as practiced in half a dozen countries around the world.

Should the police be armed?

The cellphone video "reality footage" just doesn't stop. The family, the loved ones, the sympathetic sector of the American public demand "justice." Nothing changes.

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