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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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  • 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......
  • When will Mt. Rahm blow? Never

     
    Have you seen the viral video of Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel blowing a gasket when, during his time in the White House, he cursed out a protester who got up in his face, almost knocking the man back with a barrage......
  • The Master Journalist is on my case

     
    I seem to have somehow gotten crosswise again with The Master Journalist -- my nickname for the self-appointed local media critic whose daily blog that he refuses to call a blog is devoted to summarizing what other people are writing,......
  • 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....
  • John Kass: 'It's springtime in Chicago politics'

  • Looking back at when race clouded City Hall

    Looking back at when race clouded City Hall
    Will Chicago once again become the city of tribes, racial and otherwise? There's plenty of talk about it in the aftermath of the announcement that Mayor Richard Daley will abdicate the throne. The concern is that the city will once again break along...
  • Mobster-turned-informant Frank Calabrese Jr.: 'They'd get me in a second if they wanted to'

    Mobster-turned-informant Frank Calabrese Jr.: 'They'd get me in a second if they wanted to'
    Video: Ex-mobster Frank Calabrese Jr talks with Greg Jarrett and John Kass about his new book, 'Operation Family Secrets: How a Mobster's Son and the FBI Brought Down Chicago's Murderous Crime Family.'
  • John Kass: Boss math

    John Kass: Boss math
  • 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...
  • Friday, October 7, 2011

    5 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.  Greg Jarrett 5:09 a.m.  Greg Jarrett will have continued coverage of the train derailment / explosions in Tiskilwa, IL.  6:09 a.m.  Senator Mark Kirk addresses everything from President Obama's jobs plan to the Occupy Wall Street...
  • 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...