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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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  • 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,...
  • 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/...
  • Crunchy water? Vegs, fruits juiciness offers H20

    Crunchy water? Vegs, fruits juiciness offers H20
    Drink plenty of water has been the refrain for the past few sun-baked, mega-hot days. And we're all for a glass of water. Make that a few glasses, bottles, mugs. But when your eyeballs begin to float, remember there are some other things that do an...
  • Recommended reading

     
    Steve Chapman today in America's conservative moment? --Reagan, Obama and the pendulum of popular opinion Americans are not itching to dismantle big government. Hoover Institution polling analyst Douglas Rivers reports that in 15 of 16 areas of federal...
  • Great Scott? I doubt it.

     
    (32nd Ward Alderman. Scott)Waguespack talked about challenging the boss. Common wisdom assumes Daley would have survived, but the mayor had reached the tipping point. And in a one-on-one race between a fresh-faced Waguespack and the tired jowls of King...
  • Mayor-elect's first f-bomb a dud

     
    Wednesday morning, I heard Rahm Emanuel utter what I believed to be his first public f-bomb as mayor-elect: "forensics." Speaking on the phone to WGN-AM 720 host Greg Jarrett, Emanuel said, "I'm going to order, on day one, a forensics......