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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...