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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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Top John Kass Articles

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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. Whew! That's a relief. The nation was terrified he'd put on a white dinner jacket, red cummerbund and fox trot across Iowa in patent leather pumps....
  • 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....
  • John Kass: Chicago the perfect place for Rand Paul's campaign

    I've found the perfect place for Sen. Rand Paul to campaign for the presidency of the United States. It's right here, the city by the lake: Chicago. Paul, the libertarian-leaning Kentucky Republican, is running his presidential campaign against what he...
  • John Kass: After Stephanopoulos, I am boycotting all the talking heads

    Some of you are probably done with ABC News over the George Stephanopoulos embarrassment. Of course, you wouldn't be wrong to boycott ABC News. You might be a fool not to. If you have any pretension to intellectual honesty, you either boycott ABC News...
  • John Kass: Deflategate vs. Jackie Robinson West: Pros take softer hit for rule-breaking

    I'm not much of a Tom Brady hater or a New England Patriots detester, but it's clear the haters have lined up to vent their spleens. It's all about Deflategate, a rather ridiculous name for a cheating scandal involving the credibility of the...
  • John Kass: Will the Clintons' bills ever come due?

    Whether you like it or not, Bill and Hillary Clinton are America's wicked grandparents. And some grandparents -- even fabulously wealthy and wicked people like the Clintons -- just don't have time for wasteful activities like binge-watching "The Good...
  • John Kass: Despair seen in Baltimore is rife in other cities

    Americans watched the fires burning in Baltimore, and the police retreating, the mayor there already having given the thugs all the space they needed to destroy. I figure that's when you felt it. Whether you live in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago or...
  • John Kass: Cardinal Francis George, the intellectual rock of American Catholicism

    Cardinal Francis George of Chicago -- the intellectual rock of the Roman Catholic Church in America -- died in his bed the other day. "I expect to die in my bed," George said years ago. These are the first few words of a controversial quote that set out...