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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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  • 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, Emanuel need to put Chicago's kids first

    On the Chicago block where that 3-year-old boy was shot in the stomach, a victim of the city's murderous gang wars, there was a woman watering her flowers. "Please don't put my name," she said, her thumb directing the spray. "Don't put my name." Her arm...
  • 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: 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...
  • Teacher's lesson about racism offends his bosses

     Teacher's lesson about racism offends his bosses
    A respected American history teacher, sent to an administrative gulag for teaching American history, has returned to school. Alan Barron, a teacher at a Monroe, Mich., middle school and a 36-year veteran about to retire, was put on administrative...
  • Hillary: I was once poor like you

     Hillary: I was once poor like you
    Hillary Clinton graced Chicago this week on her Planet Hillary Global Domination Tour as she seeks the presidency. And she proved something the other day. She proved that she finally stands for something. Hillary stands for people who are "dead broke"...
  • When Bergdahl left, some stayed, served and died

    Most Americans know the name of the soldier who set down his gun, walked away from his post in Afghanistan and became a captive of the Taliban. That soldier whom President Barack Obama ransomed by offering the Taliban what they've wanted for years:...
  • John Kass: World Cup hero a Chicagoan by blood, by tattoo

    Chicago must truly be the most American of cities, and it's not because politicians keep saying it. John Brooks, the newest American soccer star in the World Cup, has testified to this fact. Brooks didn't testify by scoring that incredible goal to win...
  • 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...
  • John Kass: Karl Rove's boneheaded swipe at Hillary Clinton

    Many of you know that I'm not Hillary Clinton's biggest fan. But I would never question whether she was right in the head. Instead, what bothers me is that dark, crusty clump of carbon that some may confuse with a soul. Before crazed hordes of...