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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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    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......
  • When will Mt. Rahm blow? Never

     
    Have you seen the viral video of Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel blowing a gasket when, during his time in the White House, he cursed out a protester who got up in his face, almost knocking the man back with a barrage......
  • The Master Journalist is on my case

     
    I seem to have somehow gotten crosswise again with The Master Journalist -- my nickname for the self-appointed local media critic whose daily blog that he refuses to call a blog is devoted to summarizing what other people are writing,......
  • Dispatch from inside Robert Blagojevich's doghouse

     
    From Carol Felsenthal's interview with Robert Blagojevich in Chicago Magazine: CF: So you’re in Nashville [Rob and wife Julie moved back there last summer], and you tell me you’re disillusioned with the news media and you get your news mostly....
  • 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.....
  • 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...
  • LEADING THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION...

    ...in Chicago is the mayor of the city himself! That's the view from city hall as conveyed to the Tribune earlier today and reported in this story. Tonight, on Extension 720, we will check this out with two leading students of urban political...