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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: It's 3 a.m., and Obama's phone is ringing

    As he seeks to rebuild the Russian empire, strongman Vladimir Putin has developed a terribly obnoxious habit. He keeps dragging the Obama White House back to a difficult place. It's called "reality." Putin's military capture of Crimea, a region of...
  • 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: 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: We need Hillary now

    It's sad, yes, but America probably hasn't fully grasped the terrifying truth about President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech. He has two more to go. Two more? Ye gods! The prospect of listening to him blah blah blah his way through two more...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 'What got me was the absolute power, and all the deals' -- John Kass discusses the Daley legacy on 'Chicago Live!'

  • Welcome to the 28th annual Printers Row Lit Fest

    We're delighted to welcome everyone to the 28th edition ofthe Chicago Tribune'sPrinters Row Lit Fest, the largest annual gathering of book lovers between the coasts. Appropriately, the historic Printers Row neighborhood in the South Loop is again the...