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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, 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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,...
  • Charlotte the Cheesehead Orphan Deer, and other Tribune news singalongs of 2011

    Charlotte the Cheesehead Orphan Deer, and other Tribune news singalongs of 2011
    As you might expect, we talk about the news a lot around here. But the story of Charlotte the Deer, the subject of our colleague John Kass's recent columns, has gotten a fair bit of talker traction -- for us and, apparently, for you. Last week, Kass...
  • Trib Nation programs all year long

    Trib Nation programs all year long
    I've been looking back over the previous year of Trib Nation events -- our multimedia department put together this short video -- and it's been fun to relive some of those moments with you. John Kass cooks a pig and talks about politics. Our national/...
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    5:30 - 9 a.m.  Jonathon Brandmeier 7:35 a.m.  Jonathon Brandmeier learns how to reel in the big one from the state record holder for walleyes.  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.   Mike McConnell  11:05am        Don’t make up your mind about the State of the Union...
  • Navy Pier tigers exhibit closed

    Navy Pier tigers exhibit closed
    The highly publicized Royal White Tigers exhibit at Navy Pier was abruptly closed Tuesday.  Pier officials shuttered the show after Chicago Tribune's John Kass informed them that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the process of revoking the show's...