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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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    Steve Chapman today in America's conservative moment? --Reagan, Obama and the pendulum of popular opinion Americans are not itching to dismantle big government. Hoover Institution polling analyst Douglas Rivers reports that in 15 of 16 areas of federal...
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    (32nd Ward Alderman. Scott)Waguespack talked about challenging the boss. Common wisdom assumes Daley would have survived, but the mayor had reached the tipping point. And in a one-on-one race between a fresh-faced Waguespack and the tired jowls of King...
  • Mayor-elect's first f-bomb a dud

     
    Wednesday morning, I heard Rahm Emanuel utter what I believed to be his first public f-bomb as mayor-elect: "forensics." Speaking on the phone to WGN-AM 720 host Greg Jarrett, Emanuel said, "I'm going to order, on day one, a forensics......
  • When will Mt. Rahm blow? Never

     
    Have you seen the viral video of Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel blowing a gasket when, during his time in the White House, he cursed out a protester who got up in his face, almost knocking the man back with a barrage......
  • The Master Journalist is on my case

     
    I seem to have somehow gotten crosswise again with The Master Journalist -- my nickname for the self-appointed local media critic whose daily blog that he refuses to call a blog is devoted to summarizing what other people are writing,......
  • Dispatch from inside Robert Blagojevich's doghouse

     
    From Carol Felsenthal's interview with Robert Blagojevich in Chicago Magazine: CF: So you’re in Nashville [Rob and wife Julie moved back there last summer], and you tell me you’re disillusioned with the news media and you get your news mostly....
  • This Sox fan leads cheers: Ozzie! Ozzie!

    With Ozzie Guillen coming to town Wednesday to interview for the job of manager of the Chicago White Sox, I hope Sox boss Jerry Reinsdorf remembers what he owes me. Reinsdorf has taken a lot of money from me over the years and an equal amount from my...
  • State may get tougher on young

    If the 10- and 11-year-old boys accused of tossing 5-year-old Eric Morse to his death are convicted of murder, their case will further prove that Illinois' justice system has yet to come to terms with the sad fact of preteen killers. The cruelty of Eric'...
  • WHO WILL WEAR THE MANTLE?

    When Mayor Harold Washington collapsed at his desk and died last November, he left a political and spiritual vacuum in Chicago`s black community that has created the current, informal and furious power struggle among those who would succeed him. This...