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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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  • Toys R Us to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving

    Toys R Us to open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving
    Less than a day after Walmart announced its earliest ever Black Friday doorbuster – 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving – Toys R Us said it will open at 5 p.m. on Turkey Day. The toy chain said its doorbuster sale will feature more than 300 deals...
  • Walmart will kick off Black Friday at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving

    Walmart will kick off Black Friday at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving
    Walmart is planning its earliest ever Black Friday doorbuster sale – starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. That’s when shoppers who get a spot in a designated line in the store will be guaranteed the chance to buy certain sale items for one...
  • Sawgrass Mills opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving

    Sawgrass Mills opening at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving
    Sawgrass Mills will open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, two hour earlier than it announced in October. Black Friday is starting even earlier at Sawgrass Mills this year, giving new meaning to early bird specials on Thanksgiving.  "Sawgrass Mills is...
  • Walmart, Target, Best Buy Black Friday ads hit the Internet

    Walmart, Target, Best Buy Black Friday ads hit the Internet
    More than two weeks before the big shopping day, Walmart, Target, Best Buy and others have released their Black Friday advertisements. Among the highlights: WALMART Walmart will begin its doorbuster deals at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28 --- otherwise...
  • GQ fetes 'Men of the Year,' Gaga to front for Versace

    GQ fetes 'Men of the Year,' Gaga to front for Versace
    GQ Cover: Justin Timberlake, Will Ferrell and the late James Gandolfini are among the fellows appearing on special covers of GQ magazine's 18th annual "Men of the Year" issue announced Tuesday. The men's glossy held a pair of parties to celebrate its...
  • Video: Glendale Galleria retailers get an early start on the holidays

    Video: Glendale Galleria retailers get an early start on the holidays
    From talking dolls to flying drones, retailers at the Glendale Galleria are gearing up for the 2013 holiday season with high-tech items, including new gaming consoles for the first time in several years. The new consoles — the Xbox One and...
  • Pump up the holiday jams

    Pump up the holiday jams
    It's Christmastime! Can't you hear the music? As I wander through retail stores for my various shopping needs, I notice that the standard rotation of acceptable pop music jams has been updated to include holiday music. And not just any holiday. It's...
  • BrandsMart offering hot deals at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving opening

    BrandsMart offering hot deals at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving opening
    BrandsMart U.S.A. will open South Florida stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, its earliest opening ever. “We’re matching the mall’s hours," says Bobby Johnson, chief operating officer of the 13-store electronics and appliance retailer....
  • Will the UPS Christmas botch make Obamacare's critics shut up?

    Will the UPS Christmas botch make Obamacare's critics shut up?
    In a just world, all the people who have piled on to the federal government for blowing the launch of healthcare.gov would take a look at the UPS Christmas Day screwup and swallow hard. But it's not a just world, so the lesson of how the nation's...
  • NPD Group's Shop-o-Meter finds 8 percent of holiday shopping is done

    NPD Group's Shop-o-Meter finds 8 percent of holiday shopping is done
    If you’re thinking the holiday shopping season has crept up sooner in the year than usual, you might be right. The buying and selling "is off to an earlier start than any other holiday season I can remember," says Marshal Cohen, who follows...
  • Reason to Worry? PlayStation 4, Xbox One Launch as Consumers Plan to Spend Less on Holidays

    Two new pricey videogame consoles from Sony and Microsoft are hitting retail shelves during the busy holiday shopping season -- normally the perfect time of year, given that the games biz typically generates much of its sales during the period. But...