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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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  • A look at the idea of a 'forensic audit'

     
    A "forensic audit" of Chicago's finances excites John Kass. I examined the notion in April and came away less impressed....
  • Prickly Pair Podcast, low tech edition: The latest at Tribune Tower and on the campaign trail

     
    Our producer Kristin Samuelson had the nerve to take a vacation this week, so Scott Stantis and I put this little gibble-gabble together using Skype. We talk about John Kass' column this morning about what really goes on in the......
  • Rahm Emanuel's mayoral bid encounters opposition in a Chicago kind of way

     
    Some hometown opponents of the ex-Obama chief of staff want Emanuel's tenant to run against his landlord for mayor....
  • Songs of Good Cheer and the Rahm Emanuel blues

     
    Under old business today, a final report on the “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” song parody contest held this year in conjunction with last months boffo, sold-out “Songs of Good Cheer” concerts at the Old Town School of Folk Music.......
  • 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...