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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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  • 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....
  • Honoring Maggie -- new school a better tribute than an old building

     
    It would not be fitting to rename the Chicago Cultural Center for Maggie Daley. Though that seems to be the sentimental choice around town, the late, widely admired wife of former Mayor Richard M. Daley is, at best, third on......
  • 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.....
  • When race is relevant in news coverage

    When race is relevant in news coverage
    This week the Chicago Tribune published several news stories and related columns about assaults by groups of youths in the Streeterville area of downtown Chicago. More coverage appears Sunday. A number of readers have asked why we have not included...
  • Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    5 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Greg Jarrett 6:09 a.m.  Our very own Lou Manfredini checks in with details on everything from how to get through a situation when your home has no electricity to how to best secure a house w/o electrical power. 6:39 a.m.  Bloomingdale...
  • 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...
  • Monday, January 3, 2011

    5 - 8:30 a.m. Rob Hart in for Greg Jarrett 7:09 a.m. John Kass chats about Carol Moseley Braun, the Bears and how he spent his holidays. 7:39 a.m. Glen Kozlowski analyzes the Bears/Packers game. 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Mike McConnell 12:30 - 3 p.m. John...