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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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  • 9-year-old is executed: Where's the outrage?

    9-year-old is executed: Where's the outrage?
    Antonio Smith, 9 years old, was assassinated the other day. He was Chicago's youngest fatal shooting victim this year. He was shot at least four times and fell in a backyard on the South Side. And when I went out there on 71st and Woodlawn less than...
  • Chocolate soda's origins are open to sweet debate

     Chocolate soda's origins are open to sweet debate
    In the quest to save the classic American chocolate soda, several questions have arisen: Like, who invented the chocolaty fizzy goodness of the ice cream soda in the first place? Was it a man named Green from Philadelphia? Or, was it a fellow from...
  • John Kass: Jackie Robinson West, pardon the adult sympathy

    To the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars: Boys, I'm hoping you can forgive us grown-ups for some of the nonsense coming out of our mouths after the Little League World Series. Some of us are gushing sympathy and tenderness at you, and that's the last thing...
  • John Kass: Chicago's Little League team worth watching

    America tells stories to itself in images, funny ones, sad ones, selfies we send out over our phones with snarky comments. But lately, the ones that get the most traction are the angry ones. They seize us like hands around our throats. And that's what...
  • John Kass: Trip to becoming empty-nesters went too fast

    They don't talk about the quiet in the house. Instead friends tell you all the fun you'll have together, all the freedom you'll finally achieve, once your kids are gone away to college. The problem is that they tell you in a chatty, excited voice,...
  • As Karen Lewis chats up media, Rahm plays it safe

     As Karen Lewis chats up media, Rahm plays it safe
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel had his photograph taken Thursday at various stops, where he officially cared about children and parks and lungs. But he didn't take any questions about city issues or any other questions, either. He would only allow images of himself...
  • John Kass: Obama needs to clarify murky Middle East mission

    Can President Barack Obama lead a coalition to degrade or destroy the terrorists of the Islamic State? He stared resolutely into the camera from the White House last week, talking of war and threats. He's a good talker. He enunciated. But the ideas...
  • John Kass: LeBron's return proves he's a Midwesterner at heart

    If you're from the Midwest, you probably hated LeBron James. Who didn't? Not true hatred, of course. I'm talking about sports hatred. Sports hatred isn't something a sane person acts on. But sports fans feel it. It's cold and bitter as you watch that...
  • John Kass: Chicago Democrats a protected species on the national stage

    Prominent Chicago Democrats have had an easy time with the national media for decades -- as easy as shaking a ring of keys to distract an anxious child in church. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley rode a bicycle in photo ops and put a few plants on the...
  • John Kass: Soccer fans often feel pain -- and sometimes even a bite

    In an exclusive interview, Raffaele Raia -- the noted Italian soccer aficionado from Oliveto Citra, near Salerno -- said America is missing only one thing to fully grasp World Cup soccer. "Until Americans live and die with it, as we Italians do, you won'...
  • John Kass: IRS emails 'lost' -- and so is the outrage

    How does a nation lose its way? Some of us think that just one man alone could radically change a country, if he's powerful enough. It was an idea of years ago, this great man theory, offered by a Scotsman in the mid-1800s, in the time of idiot kings...