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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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  • Extension 720 Audio Archives, December 2008

    This show, we bring you coverage and analysis of the explosive allegations concerning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. With us on this program in studio to discuss the events were Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass and political commentator Chris...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Extension 720 Audio Archives, July 2006

    One of our yearly (or semi-yearly) pleasures is a discussion of poetry with Joseph Parisi, the former editor of Poetry magazine. In this discussion, he is joined by Christina Pugh, a working poety and assistant professor of English at the University of...
  • 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...
  • John Kass: Author saw it all when book thrown at mob

    If you're interested in understanding the real Chicago -- and there can be no serious understanding of this completely political city without examining the Chicago Outfit -- then you'll soon have a great new book on your shelves: "Family Secrets: The...
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  • What's the stupidest thing Daley has ever said?

    One of the great debates in American politics can be summed up with this question: What's the stupidest thing Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has ever said? One of my all-time favorites is when he threatened to take his pants off to prove his political...
  • Looking back at when race clouded City Hall

    Looking back at when race clouded City Hall
    Will Chicago once again become the city of tribes, racial and otherwise? There's plenty of talk about it in the aftermath of the announcement that Mayor Richard Daley will abdicate the throne. The concern is that the city will once again break along...
  • Extension 720 Audio Archives, May 2005

    Three experts on Buddhism join in a roundtable discussion of the history and practice of that ancient religion. They are: Dan Arnold, professor of the philosophy of religion at the University of Chicago's Divinity School, Patti Nakai, non-resident...
  • 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...