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John Kass

Columnist Chicago Tribune

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, where he worked at the student newspaper. He obtained an internship at the Daily Calumet in 1980, and ended up working there as a reporter until he left for the Tribune in 1983. He has won honors including 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 Chicago Headline Club's Lisagor Award for best daily newspaper columnist and the Chicago Tribune's Beck Award for writing. He lives in the western suburbs with his wife and twin sons.

Recent Articles

  • John Kass: In 'Darkest Hour,' Churchill refuses to bend the knee

    John Kass: In 'Darkest Hour,' Churchill refuses to bend the knee

    The two questions most people ask about a new movie are: Do I really want to see it? And, is it worth the price? "Darkest Hour," the film starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, is definitely worth seeing now, not later. It is worth the price. And it is required. Because in a West under siege,...

  • John Kass: Sanctuary city politics killed Kate Steinle

    John Kass: Sanctuary city politics killed Kate Steinle

    The photograph is of a lovely young woman, with a warm smile on her face, a woman who loved and was loved in turn. Her name was Kate Steinle. The last words she said to her father before she died were "Help me, Dad." So look at that photo. See the promise in her face. Some are calling her a symbol...

  • John Kass: Putin's great American spy novel

    John Kass: Putin's great American spy novel

    Americans don't think of Russian strongman Vladimir Putin as a man of letters. We don't see him as a literary man, but as a man of action, at least in his own mind. In Putin-approved photos, he wrestles wild beasts and bends them to his severe Russian will. He rides horses with his shirt off, that...

  • John Kass: Sen. Franken should take a long walk

    Those popping sounds you hear aren't light bulbs breaking as they hit the frozen surface of Lake Wobegon. Instead, that sound comes from political heads exploding in the Democratic Media Complex. Because liberal Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota was exposed, completely, for what he really...

  • John Kass: 'Dunkirk': Decency on a murderous beach

    John Kass: 'Dunkirk': Decency on a murderous beach

    Many words have been written about "Dunkirk," the film by Christopher Nolan about hundreds of thousands of soldiers -- most of them British -- trapped on that long beach in Northern France with the German army coming to slaughter them. "Riveting" and "Oscar-worthy" and "stunning" and so forth,...

  • John Kass: Susan Rice is stuck in the rabbit hole

    John Kass: Susan Rice is stuck in the rabbit hole

    Most rabbit holes look simple enough, but even a rabbit hole can be dangerous if unseen. A good dog can break its leg in one. So can a horse, or a human. First there is a loud crack of bone, and then comes great pain. But there's another kind of rabbit hole, the Washington kind. These are dug out...

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