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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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  • John Kass: Our culture behind Wisconsin girls' stabbing case

    What kind of culture produced those two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged with stabbing a classmate 19 times? Our culture. The 12-year-olds were charged as adults. Police said they wanted to kill their classmate so they could cement a pact with an...
  • John Kass: 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"...
  • John Kass: Don't tune out the newest Benghazi developments

    Why is Benghazi important to Americans? You'll hear a lot about Benghazi in coming days and you'll hear the familiar screeching of partisan politics, now that House Speaker John Boehner has decided to convene a select committee to investigate the 2012...
  • John Kass: Sterling's race case a movie of our age

    An unwritten American novel is playing out in Los Angeles. It's about rich, whiny racist Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. And it's about his cooing kitty-cat of a girlfriend, who infuriated him by bringing black people to his games....
  • John Kass: If we raise minimum wage, why stop at $10 an hour?

    When President Barack Obama and other Democrats began talking about raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour, I didn't believe them. Instead, cynical thoughts came to mind, like "class war" and "November elections" and "pandering for votes." But I've...
  • John Kass: Ruling could mean future shock for college football

    Even a former cornerback who failed to graduate from Whatsamatta U. can deduce what will happen to college football in America. Football's past may have been all about raccoon coats and chants of Boola-Boola. But the future of college football will be...
  • John Kass: Researchers diagnose conservatism, but is there a cure?

    Thanks to learned scientists, I've discovered that I suffer from a mental problem afflicting millions of Americans. It's not really a disease. It's more like a peculiarity, one that irritates polite society yet may be corrected with surgery to the...
  • John Kass: Does the 'Ring of Steel' gleam in the Russian sun?

    SOCHI, Russia -- What do you do in Sochi? I just arrived here, it's late, I'm exhausted, but I'm going to find out. That is, after I sleep for about a day and a half. The Winter Olympic Games open later this week, protected by a security cordon called...
  • John Kass: A flickering flame of faith in Sochi's oldest Orthodox church

    SOCHI, Russia -- About the only difficulty I've encountered here, wandering alone, far from the official Winter Olympics staging grounds, has been my inability to speak Russian. Still, I'm able to communicate somewhat effectively, as I often do at home...
  • John Kass: Dasvidaniya, Sochi, you're beautiful

    SOCHI, Russia -- There are two things I probably forgot to mention about my time here at the Winter Olympics in Russia. But now that I'm wrapping up, I'll tell you. One is that there are palm trees everywhere, the fronds wafting in the warm breezes...
  • John Kass: 'First Laddie Issue' could impede Hillary in 2016

    You probably won't believe this, but I aim to help Hillary Clinton fulfill her destiny and rule the world. But the thing is, she has a problem. You wouldn't know it from reading or watching the news. That's because in most newsrooms across America --...