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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: The future is now: A sci-fi geezer's lament

    The post-apocalyptic sci-fi stories I liked best as a boy weren't space operas on distant planets, involving warlike aliens who (weirdly enough) spoke guttural English, as if they were KGB officers in some action movie. The sci-fi I loved took place...
  • John Kass: 'Lone Survivor' confronts viewers with true cost of war

    I wasn't eager about seeing "Lone Survivor," the new film about four U.S. Navy SEALs forced to fight a terrible and heroic battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan. What worried me was that it would turn out to be a typical Hollywood war movie, with...
  • John Kass: Mayoral tan? Bali Hai Mayor Rahmfather

    Nice tan, Mr. Mayor! You came back from steamy and tropical Indonesia to a city frozen in ice and snow, where the side streets and alleys hadn't been plowed and where schoolkids were almost sent into the worst of the cold. But Rahm Emanuel wasn't...
  • John Kass: Pay no mind to that man in your bathtub

    What if you woke after a night of uneasy dreams to find a strange man standing in your bathtub? Don't be alarmed. The strange man isn't some stark naked psycho. The strange man is fully clothed. Polite, even, efficient, neat and obviously well-educated....
  • John Kass: Remembering what matters on Christmas Eve

    For all the children who should be loved always, but especially on this wondrous night, with our arms around them and a long good-night kiss on the temple, a kiss more precious than anything wrapped in a box. For all the parents who linger in the...
  • 2 weeks, 2 countries, now time to come home

    2 weeks, 2 countries, now time to come home
    Before heading home after two weeks on the road, it was clear that I needed a shave and a haircut. What I didn't know is that I'd also get the famed ear flame treatment from a Turkish barber. Tribune photographer Chris Walker, my colleague who...
  • Izmir bears testament to the procession of civilizations

    Izmir bears testament to the procession of civilizations
    IZMIR, Turkey — My grandfathers called this port city Smyrna, but the name of it came out of their mouths with regret and pain, because they remembered it as a Greek city, and the great fire and the unspeakable things that happened as the Greeks...
  • Saying goodbye to Greece — as hordes of young people do the same

    Saying goodbye to Greece — as hordes of young people do the same
    — I traveled to Greece to see the land of my fathers, to see its beauty and its economic crisis firsthand. But as I arrived, others were leaving. Especially Greece's young people, suffering from unemployment that hovers around 50 percent. "They...
  • In Greece, books beat rocks

    In Greece, books  beat rocks
    ATHENS, Greece — It is easy to throw a rock, and there have been plenty thrown here lately, a common ritual, almost not newsworthy, with the anarchists and hooligans smashing big pieces of marble and throwing the chunks at police, at the government,...
  • John Kass at scene of angry Athens protest

    John Kass at scene of angry Athens protest
    ATHENS -- It all started Wednesday morning when a man in Constitution Square reportedly shouted that he didn't want to leave his children in debt and then fatally shot himself in the head. The man, a 77-year-old retired pharmacist, instantly became a...
  • 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.....