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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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  • 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......
  • 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......
  • This police slaying feels different

     
    Every homicide of a police officer is tragic, gut wrenching and frightening. And though it feels wrong to compare them, Sunday's fatal shooting of Officer Michael R. Bailey seems the most ominous of these recent slayings. Bailey was in his......
  • Can 'Gov. Cowardly Lion' roar back?

     
    Jell-O just sits there and quivers, timidly waiting until greater forces devour it. Gov. Pat Quinn, in contrast, swaggers boldly into controversy, declaring and thumping his chest. Only later does he begin to quiver and allow greater forces to devour........
  • The Rhubarb Patch: Quinn v. Brady; judging the imperfects

     
    Veteran Chicago commentator Dennis Byrne is a weekly contributor to the Tribune's commentary pages and the proprietor of The Barbershop, a ChicagoNow blog. In Wednesday's Tribune he joins me in The Rhubarb Patch to debate the race for governor To......
  • A look at the idea of a 'forensic audit'

     
    A "forensic audit" of Chicago's finances excites John Kass. I examined the notion in April and came away less impressed....
  • Prickly Pair Podcast, low tech edition: The latest at Tribune Tower and on the campaign trail

     
    Our producer Kristin Samuelson had the nerve to take a vacation this week, so Scott Stantis and I put this little gibble-gabble together using Skype. We talk about John Kass' column this morning about what really goes on in the......
  • Rahm Emanuel's mayoral bid encounters opposition in a Chicago kind of way

     
    Some hometown opponents of the ex-Obama chief of staff want Emanuel's tenant to run against his landlord for mayor....
  • Songs of Good Cheer and the Rahm Emanuel blues

     
    Under old business today, a final report on the “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” song parody contest held this year in conjunction with last months boffo, sold-out “Songs of Good Cheer” concerts at the Old Town School of Folk Music.......
  • 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...