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

The oxymoron of peace

"At the same time, values and ideas which were considered universal, such as cooperation, mutual aid, international social justice and peace as an encompassing paradigm are also becoming irrelevant."

Going deep: Race and the third rail

Let's take a stroll along the third rail of American culture, shall we? We can follow it straight into the grocery store, where Joy DeGruy and her sister-in-law are standing at the checkout line.

Watching the world destroy itself

The video opens with a few bars of adrenalin-pumping music. This chaotic excitement is Iraq, the evening's International Hot Spot, brought to us by ABC. Iraq, Iraq.

Soul murder

All men are created equal. I saw the movie "Belle" the other day and a piece of it got stuck in my head.

Criminal wrongdoing and the CIA

Too often "the law" is nothing more than prejudice embedded in jargon. So the Obama administration, in its attempt to hammer another national security leaker, is directly challenging the right of journalists to protect confidential sources.

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