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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 compromise to rename all NFL teams

    A compromise to rename all NFL teams
    With the Chicago Bears visiting Washington to play the Redskins on Sunday, President Barack Obama should just cancel the game as a hate crime. "If I were the owner of the team and I knew that the name of my team — even if they've had a storied...
  • The story of the political princess and the pea

    The story of the political princess and the pea
    Have you heard the fairy tale about the political princess and the pea? She was not some ordinary princess. She was the high princess, the Princess Lisa, heiress of the mythical land of Madiganistan. Madiganistan was once a green and fertile domain...
  • Juror bristles over Emanuel's move to erase 'code of silence' verdict

     Juror bristles over Emanuel's move to erase 'code of silence' verdict
    Many in Chicago were upset when they heard Mayor Rahm Emanuel was cutting a deal over the federal civil jury's decision involving the big cop who beat the tiny female bartender. But perhaps no one is as upset as Dr. Joseph R. Lentino, 66, a retired...
  • For Madigan Democrats, there is such a thing as a free lunch

    For Madigan Democrats, there is such a thing as a free lunch
    Finally, in the sea of envy that is Illinois politics — with all those nasty, mean and negative campaign ads — we have some heartwarming news to report. Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady wants to help Democratic candidates for the...
  • Here's some poetic justice for gun-control advocates

    I know why the caged bird shoots. Because some creep is at the door, turning the knob. And she's alone and rightfully afraid. But she has a gun in her hand. And thanks to the Second Amendment that many on the political left would like to erase and...
  • Honoring Maggie -- new school a better tribute than an old building

     
    It would not be fitting to rename the Chicago Cultural Center for Maggie Daley. Though that seems to be the sentimental choice around town, the late, widely admired wife of former Mayor Richard M. Daley is, at best, third on......
  • Hooked on fear: GOP candidates push message of no hope

     
    From Sunday's print column Watching primary election coverage last Tuesday evening, I noticed my fingernails and lips had taken on a bluish cast. I was short of breath, feeling disoriented and suffering from persistent dry mouth. Luckily, my spin doctor.....
  • 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....
  • Recommended reading

     
    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...
  • Great Scott? I doubt it.

     
    (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......