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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: NFL rookie's decision to retire another sign football is doomed

    Years ago Rush Limbaugh called me a liberal sportswriter, suggesting I was the harbinger of death to football in America.
  • John Kass: If you're happy and you know it ...

    Researchers at the University of California have asked a question that has bedeviled liberals for years: Just who is happier, anyway, conservatives or liberals? Or, to put it another way, who sits on the happiness side of the so-called ideological...

    John Kass: Another Clinton scandal creates a sense of déjà vu

    First, Hillary Clinton must deal with that debilitating email scandal on the road to becoming president of the United States. Then and only then will she be able to claim her true destiny and see her will become law, and her likeness carved into the...

    John Kass: A judge prays for ex-con in court, and he is heard

    The story about the ex-con who robbed a bank just so he'd be sent back to prison -- for a bed and three meals a day -- was heartbreaking. It disturbed the judge. And when I read the story in the Gary Post-Tribune, written by reporter Ruth Ann Krause,...

    John Kass: Cold weather brings out the stupid in TV, and sometimes in kids

    If there's one thing more stupid than Chicagoans whining about the cold (as if they've never experienced February in the city by the lake), it's another one of those stupid weather stories. And stupid weather stories -- the kind that demean TV...