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John Kass

John Kass
John Kass has covered a variety of topics since arriving at the Chicago Tribune in 1983.

The son of a Greek immigrant grocer, Kass was born June 23, 1956, on Chicago's South Side and grew up there and in Oak Lawn. He held a number of jobs--merchant marine sailor, ditch digger, waiter--before becoming a film student at Columbia College in Chicago. There, he worked at the student newspaper and caught the attention of Daryle Feldmeir, chairman of the journalism department and former editor of the Chicago Daily News.

Feldmeir and journalism professor Les Brownlee helped him obtain an internship at the Daily Calumet in 1980, where Kass worked as a reporter until he left for the...
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John Kass has covered a variety of topics since arriving at the Chicago Tribune in 1983.

The son of a Greek immigrant grocer, Kass was born June 23, 1956, on Chicago's South Side and grew up there and in Oak Lawn. He held a number of jobs--merchant marine sailor, ditch digger, waiter--before becoming a film student at Columbia College in Chicago. There, he worked at the student newspaper and caught the attention of Daryle Feldmeir, chairman of the journalism department and former editor of the Chicago Daily News.

Feldmeir and journalism professor Les Brownlee helped him obtain an internship at the Daily Calumet in 1980, where Kass worked as a reporter until he left for the Tribune.

In 2004, Kass was awarded the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi national award for general column writing, the Scripps Howard Foundation's National Journalism Award for commentary, the Press Club of Atlantic City's National Headliner Award for local interest column writing on a variety of subjects, and the Chicago Headline Club's Lisagor Award for best daily newspaper columnist.

In 1992, Kass won the Chicago Tribune's Beck Award for writing.

Kass lives in the western suburbs with his wife and twin sons. His column appears on Page A2 of the Chicago Tribune every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
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  • John Kass: Trump, Christie: Diluting the candidate pool for the Bush and Clinton show

    Republican Chris Christie has just announced he doesn't want to be elected prom king of America.
  • John Kass: South Carolina and another conversation about race in America

    What do we talk about when we talk about race in America? We begin as if we're talking about all of us, together, as if we're earnest, as if we care about solutions. But it ends up being about what it's always been about: Ourselves. We talk of what...

    John Kass: Blackhawks, memories and the Stanley Cup

    You didn't have to be in Chicago with the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup to understand the power of public memory. Sharing memories like this one with the people we love bolts us to the ground. It fixes us in a time and a place and we cling to it,...

    John Kass: Hastert's fall from grace? It was a fall from decency

    Did Denny Hastert really fall from grace with that indictment that brought him to federal court on Tuesday? As I waited for him to perform his perp-walk, that rite of shaming that white-collar criminals endure, and later when waiting for his barely...

    John Kass: Dennis Hastert and the Illinois Combine

    Did Denny Hastert, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, really think he could get away with it? He must have. He kept paying and paying, until the FBI came knocking, asking about all that cash he was withdrawing from his bank accounts....