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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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  • Kass: Ozzie's leaving with a hole in his heart

    Kass: Ozzie's leaving with a hole in his heart
    It wasn't like going to the doctor and he tells you some bad news. It wasn't like being called into the boss' office, thinking he's going to drop a promotion in your lap and instead he tosses you a pink slip. Those are serious things with people's...
  • 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-...
  • Numbers could add up for downstate guy in race

    Numbers could add up for downstate guy in race
    State Sen. Bill Brady, the Bloomington Republican running for governor in the Illinois Republican primary, isn't your typical lawyer politician. He runs a construction business and can do math with a pencil on a two-by-four. After all the trite...
  • 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...
  • To raise loyal fans, try tough parenting

    Here are perhaps the two most important questions in the known universe: How do we Sox fans make certain that our young, impressionable and gentle children don't grow up to be evil Cubs fans--Or, how do we Cubs fans make sure that our young,...
  • Hope smokes eternal when it's Chia-grown

    It sure is a good thing that the bumper Hopium crop from my Obama Chia heads has finally come in. And not a moment too soon, with all that anger this week over federal health care that won't increase the deficit one thin dime. Loyal readers know I've...
  • Lottery commercial redefines joy in spirit of Chicago Way

    When it comes to greetings during the Winter Shopping Spree vaguely associated with the 25th of December, I guess I'm hopelessly old-fashioned. I say "Merry Christmas." Some will think me too retro. Too bad. I'm like Linus from the "Peanuts" cartoons....
  • This Sox fan leads cheers: Ozzie! Ozzie!

    With Ozzie Guillen coming to town Wednesday to interview for the job of manager of the Chicago White Sox, I hope Sox boss Jerry Reinsdorf remembers what he owes me. Reinsdorf has taken a lot of money from me over the years and an equal amount from my...
  • When Daley defeated his 'Mayor Chucky'

    At a news conference in 2009, Mayor Richard Daley battled with his inner Mayor Chucky. That's the terrifying mayoral persona that often reveals itself when he's angry. Daley's hair perspires and curls up in frightful wings over his ears. His face gets...
  • It's not where you start, but where you finish

    It's not where you start, but where you finish
    There were two Judge Zagels in the cavernous ceremonial federal courtroom on the 25th floor, each looking down on upon one desperate Rod Blagojevich. One was the Zagel on the wall, a portrait along with dozens of other such portraits of black-robed...
  • A long prison term — and a stern warning

    A long prison term — and a stern warning
    In sentencing the second consecutive Illinois governor to prison on political corruption charges on Wednesday, federal Judge James Zagel prodded the people of this corrupt state to reclaim their birthright. He spoke of public trust and public cynicism,...