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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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  • 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...
  • Begging to differ

     
    The old common wisdom suggested that Rezko would say only nice things about his old buddy Barack and wait for a Golden Ticket and be carried out of prison on federal gossamer wings sometime in Obama's second term...John Kass, Sunday......
  • 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...
  • The `wet mayor' legend, a timeline from the news archives

     
    I poked around in Nexis this morning to refresh my memory about the white mayor/wet mayor legend that supposedly reflects so poorly upon Chicagoans. First, the original news story, which broke in the Tribune four days before the mayoral primary......
  • Trial talk

     
    Mary Schmich, host John Williams and I talked Blago trial today on one of our final weekly chats on WGN AM 720 (less than two months to go, evidently). John Kass joined the fun for a few minutes, and it's......
  • 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...
  • Don't ask mayor to discuss 'Secrets'

    As Outfit killer Nick Calabrese was testifying Wednesday about murders, about the killings of gangsters Tony and Michael Spilotro, about Tony asking to say a prayer before dying and about holy pictures burning in Nick's cupped hands during an Outfit...
  • Fear, not passion, drove Outfit killer

    Even Outfit hit men have feelings. They can strangle tiny pet shop mice, fixing tiny nooses around their necks and hanging them from your windshield wipers as a warning. But that's work, not fun.They can kill human beings with bats and ropes, though...
  • Required reading: Closing argument

    As the Family Secrets trial was put into the hands of the jury, City Hall offered up poetic symmetry in choosing a book for all Chicagoans to read as part of its One-Book-One-Chicago program: "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller, a social commentary about...