Robert Koehler

Peace journalist

Robert Koehler, a Chicago reporter and editor for nearly 40 years, proudly calls himself a peace journalist. He has won numerous awards for his writing and, since 1999, has written a nationally syndicated column on politics and current events for the Chicago Tribune. He describes these columns as prayers disguised as op-eds: spiritually infused journalism. His book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound, is a collection of essays that range from the highly personal (dealing with grief, the death of his wife, single parenting) to the acutely political. Many years ago, a reader described his writing as “blatantly relevant.” He tries to attain that ideal with every column he writes. His website is He can be reached at

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