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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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  • John Kass: WWII vet's death a textbook case of excessive force, but no hashtag for him

    John Wrana, the 95-year-old World War II veteran killed by police, wasn't killed for selling illegal "loosie" cigarettes on the streets of New York. And he wasn't killed by an officer on the street in a small town outside St. Louis, just after...
  • John Kass: 'American Sniper' criticism makes for amusing theater

    I've got to admit that it has been a barrel of fun watching the political left get its "Je suis Charlie" all tied up in knots over the movie "American Sniper." They're tweeting and making angry faces, insisting that the movie is not appropriate history....
  • John Kass: Super Bowl chant: 'Je suis Tom Brady!'

    Je suis Tom Brady! Je suis Bill Belichick! My fellow Americans, these are the words that all true patriots must shout during Super Bowl week so that we may slap down the Great Insult of the Deflated Footballs. As you must know by now -- and if you don'...
  • 'American Sniper' criticism makes for amusing theater

    'American Sniper' criticism makes for amusing theater
    I've got to admit that it has been a barrel of fun watching the political left get its "Je suis Charlie" all tied up in knots over the movie "American Sniper." They're tweeting and making angry faces, insisting that the movie is not appropriate history....
  • John Kass: Ernie Banks, the girl and the man in a wheelchair

    Everyone who grew up in Chicago seems to have their own Ernie Banks story, and with memorial services held last week for the Cubs Hall of Fame player, we're in a remembering mood. "How about if the Cubs all wear 14 on Opening Day?" suggested reader...
  • John Kass: Embattled Brian Williams, Hillary Clinton should swap war stories

    If this NBC news anchor thing doesn't work out for Brian Williams, I've got the perfect job for the guy: Hillary Clinton's press secretary. Or better yet, as the New Commander McBragg. The problem is that Commander McBragg is a cartoon character from...
  • John Kass: NFL, Goodell sideline the concussion story

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is a public relations genius. That's right, a real American genius if you will. If you don't believe it, then you've probably had your brains scrambled so hard that they leaked out your ear and plopped right onto the 50-...
  • Nah! to Germany as it flirts with pro-incest law

    Who deserves the Moutza of the Month for September? "Mankind," wrote SuSan H. on Facebook. But SuSan, you simply can't give the Moutza to all the humans on Earth. Yes, there are many candidates. Some think the Olive Garden offers good Italian food. And...
  • Political fictions no stranger than reality — but at least they're less depressing

    Political fictions no stranger than reality — but at least they're less depressing
    In an early scene on "Madam Secretary" — a kinda Hillary Clinton political soap opera on CBS — our heroine mucks horse manure out of a barn. As played by Tea Leoni, Madam Secretary is a former CIA-analyst-turned-professor in the Virginia...
  • John Kass: Political fictions no stranger than reality -- but at least they're less depressing

    In an early scene on "Madam Secretary" -- a kinda Hillary Clinton political soap opera on CBS -- our heroine mucks horse manure out of a barn. As played by Tea Leoni, Madam Secretary is a former CIA-analyst-turned-professor in the Virginia horse country,...
  • John Kass: Gender selection in a brave new world

    Jayne and Jon Cornwill, an Australian couple, recently came to America with a bit of trouble. The trouble? Boys. They have three little boys, and three rambunctious boys were quite enough for the Cornwills, thank you. What the Cornwills wanted was a...