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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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  • 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
  • John Kass: 'It's springtime in Chicago politics'

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2011

    5 - 8:30 a.m. Greg Jarrett 6:09 a.m. Greg discusses what's next for Rahm Emmanuel including the possiblity of an Illinois Supreme Court appeal and the legitmacy of a write-in campaign. 7:09 a.m. Greg talks with John Kass about a variety of topics...
  • Friday, February 18, 2011

    5 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Greg Jarrett 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Mike McConnell 9:05 a.m. Around the world scientists are celebrities. Here they're geeks. Mike McConnell visits with an author who says it's that attitude that's costing the United States our...
  • 'What got me was the absolute power, and all the deals' -- John Kass discusses the Daley legacy on 'Chicago Live!'

  • Wednesday, February 23 2011

    5 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Greg Jarrett 6:39 a.m. Greg Jarrett visits with Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson. 7:09 a.m. Professor Paul Green joins Greg Jarrett for a 'morning after' look at the election results. 8:09 a.m. Tribune columnist John Kass...