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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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  • 2 weeks, 2 countries, now time to come home

    2 weeks, 2 countries, now time to come home
    Before heading home after two weeks on the road, it was clear that I needed a shave and a haircut. What I didn't know is that I'd also get the famed ear flame treatment from a Turkish barber. Tribune photographer Chris Walker, my colleague who...
  • Saying goodbye to Greece — as hordes of young people do the same

    Saying goodbye to Greece — as hordes of young people do the same
    — I traveled to Greece to see the land of my fathers, to see its beauty and its economic crisis firsthand. But as I arrived, others were leaving. Especially Greece's young people, suffering from unemployment that hovers around 50 percent. "They...
  • Izmir bears testament to the procession of civilizations

    Izmir bears testament to the procession of civilizations
    IZMIR, Turkey — My grandfathers called this port city Smyrna, but the name of it came out of their mouths with regret and pain, because they remembered it as a Greek city, and the great fire and the unspeakable things that happened as the Greeks...
  • 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.....
  • Honor freedom with a beer can, chicken

    Honor freedom with a beer can, chicken
    Nothing quite says 4th of July -- and American independence from unreasonable taxation and those intrusive federal regulations -- like a chicken with a beer can stuck up its behind, roasting silently over wood charcoal. Nothing. Cynics may call it a...
  • Numbers could add up for downstate guy in race

    Numbers could add up for downstate guy in race
    State Sen. Bill Brady, the Bloomington Republican running for governor in the Illinois Republican primary, isn't your typical lawyer politician. He runs a construction business and can do math with a pencil on a two-by-four. After all the trite...
  • U. of I. admissions: How politicians pressured university to admit students

    U. of I. admissions: How politicians pressured university to admit students
    State Sen. Chris Lauzen believed a student deserved admission to the University of Illinois law school in 2005, and he let the university's lobbyists know. The school's dean thought otherwise. "She won't hurt us terribly, but she certainly won't help...
  • To raise loyal fans, try tough parenting

    Here are perhaps the two most important questions in the known universe: How do we Sox fans make certain that our young, impressionable and gentle children don't grow up to be evil Cubs fans--Or, how do we Cubs fans make sure that our young,...
  • Hope smokes eternal when it's Chia-grown

    It sure is a good thing that the bumper Hopium crop from my Obama Chia heads has finally come in. And not a moment too soon, with all that anger this week over federal health care that won't increase the deficit one thin dime. Loyal readers know I've...
  • John Kass: Victims' brother pours out years of pain, rage

    You could tell from Pat Spilotro's back how angry he was. It was shaking. In federal court Thursday, Spilotro was addressing the judge. His back was to Chicago Outfit boss James Marcello, convicted of conspiracy in the 1986 murders of Spilotro's gangster...