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Robert C. Koehler

Robert C. Koehler

Peace Journalist

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. Koehler has been the recipient of multiple awards for writing and journalism from organizations including the National Newspaper Association, Suburban Newspapers of America, and the Chicago Headline Club.  He’s a regular contributor to such high-profile websites as Common Dreams and the Huffington Post. 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. His book, "Courage Grows Strong at the Wound" (2016). Contact him or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

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These Are Not 'Good Guys With Guns.' These People Are Killing Us

How did the Republican Party get so unhinged? Easy as it is to blame Donald Trump, I blame something far more deeply entrenched.

Robert C. Koehler ·


Embracing the Complexity of Peace

Funding peace, creating peace—this is deeply complex, and too many Americans, certainly too many of those in leadership positions, don't have time for complexity.

Robert C. Koehler ·


The Collateral Damage Comes Home

If we want to curtail mass shootings on the home front, we have to address, collectively, the national assumption that conflict and disagreement are the same thing as war, and that waging war—killing people—fixes all problems.

Robert C. Koehler ·


Beyond Gun Control, We Need Hatred Control

The lone wolves out there, the lost souls, who have chosen to play real war in response to their own demons, might seek another course of action if they had fewer political and corporate role models.

Robert C. Koehler ·


The Heart Is Mightier Than the Sword

I envision a social infrastructure that embraces all of us and doesn't condemn anyone's fear and hatred, but rather, listens to him, values him, learns from him and walks with him into the darkness.

Robert C. Koehler ·


Eve's Choice: Patriarchy No Longer Rules

The passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973 was a direct undoing of the infrastructure of patriarchy: male rule, female submissiveness.

Robert C. Koehler ·


A Promise to Our Kids: We Won't Kill You

Children are massacred, again and again, as the military forces of the world fight and kill, not so much one another, but rather various random swaths of humanity.

Robert C. Koehler ·


The Global Suicide Budget

There's really only one question here, which is: How do we change?

Robert C. Koehler ·

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