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’s about values and meaning, back-lit with reverence for life, exploring emotional territory journalism often avoids but readers hunger after. Response to the column is often powerful. One reader described it as “blatantly relevant.”

Koehler has won numerous writing and journalism awards over a 30-year career, at the national, state and local levels. He’s a regular contributor to such high-profile websites 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, Koehler considers himself a “peace journalist.”

He has been an editor at Tribune Media Services and a reporter, columnist and copy desk chief at Lerner Newspapers, a chain of neighborhood and suburban newspapers in the Chicago area. Koehler launched his column in 1999.

Born in Detroit and raised in suburban Dearborn, Koehler has lived in Chicago since 1976. He earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Columbia College and has taught writing at both the college and high school levels. Koehler is a widower and single parent. He explores both conditions at great depth in his writing.

Recent Work

The Lost and the Entitled Opinions
The Lost and the Entitled
December 12, 2018
by Robert Koehler

When I popped open the old laptop, the Geek Squad guy said maybe I should dust it off. He slid a canister of Endust toward me. "Spray the cloth," he said, "not the machine." I started choking on my sense of humiliation. This poor baby was covered with dust. Read More

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