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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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  • 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...
  • Case closed, but coffin on Outfit isn't

    Is the Chicago Outfit dead, now that the historic Family Secrets trial has ended? No.How can you kill a thing that has lived for almost a century in this town, wrapping itself throughout the city's infrastructure, developing arteries for nutrients,...
  • Without feds, we'd never hear the 'lies'

    Federal prosecutor Mitchell Mars was telling the jury about a litany of 18 Outfit murders -- solved by federal investigators, not locals -- and he put several corpses at the feet of convicted mobster Frank Calabrese Sr. "He has left a trail of bodies,...
  • Video: Interviews by John Kass

  • 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......
  • 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......
  • 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...
  • 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...