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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sunday, January 29, 2012

      5 - 5:30 a.m. The Great Outdoors with Charlie Potter  5:30 - 6 a.m. Love Changes Life 6 - 6:30 a.m. The Lutheran Hour 6:30 - 9 a.m. The Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.   Dean Richards  11:35 a.m.  Dean Richards visits with Glen...
  • Rahm Emanuel: Olympic critics get seats

     
    by Mark Silva Posted Thursday evening, updated Friday at 6:15 am and 9:35 am EDT Republicans have been ready with criticism for President Barack Obama's overnight journey to Copenhagen, where the president today pressed Chicago's case for the 2016...
  • Video: Interviews by John Kass

  • Barack Obama interview on March 16, 2008

    Obama's opening statement: So what I want to do, if this is OK with you guys, I want to start just by talking about my house purchase and Tony Rezko because that's something that I know you guys have editorialized on, suggesting that we haven't...
  • 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...
  • Milt Program Guide Dec 08

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 1ST REFLECTIONS ON INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM- OPEN LINE Tonight after the Northwestern basketball game, Milt will take your phone calls in response to a few articles recently written concerning the terrorist attack in Mumbai and, more...
  • 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...
  • Mob trial hits on badge, buried secrets

    How do 18 Chicago Outfit murders remain unsolved for decades? It might help to have the cops on your side.This came out in the opening statement by Assistant U.S. Atty. John Scully in the historic Family Secrets trial, when Scully pointed at one of the...