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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: 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...
  • 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...
  • Trib Nation at Printers Row Lit Fest 2011, June 4-5

    Trib Nation at Printers Row Lit Fest 2011, June 4-5
    I was just finishing up the Page 2 note for Wednesday and wanted to fill you in on details about the Printers Row Lit Fest and the Trib Nation tent where you can hang out and talk with us that weekend. First off, the Chicago Tribune’s Printers...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions
    Wondering about how our social media classes & seminars work? Here are the answers to some of our more frequently asked questions. Q: What is TribU? A: Classes and seminars for people seeking enrichment all fall under the TribU banner. The classes,...
  • Wisconsin officials promise to spare Charlotte the deer

    Wisconsin officials promise to spare Charlotte the deer
    My column this morning has set off political spasms in Wisconsin, where the politicians don’t want to be blamed for killing Charlotte the deer just days before Christmas. After a grassroots “Save Charlotte” campaign was launched by...
  • Charges dropped against Wisconsin deer's rescuer

    Charges dropped against Wisconsin deer's rescuer
    Authorities today dropped charges against the rescuer of Charlotte the deer, the fawn that was targeted for execution by the state of Wisconsin but was saved by a governor’s pardon. Tribune readers rallied in support of the deer and its rescuer,...