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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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  • John Kass: Pay no mind to that man in your bathtub

    What if you woke after a night of uneasy dreams to find a strange man standing in your bathtub? Don't be alarmed. The strange man isn't some stark naked psycho. The strange man is fully clothed. Polite, even, efficient, neat and obviously well-educated....
  • John Kass: 'Lone Survivor' confronts viewers with true cost of war

    I wasn't eager about seeing "Lone Survivor," the new film about four U.S. Navy SEALs forced to fight a terrible and heroic battle against the Taliban in Afghanistan. What worried me was that it would turn out to be a typical Hollywood war movie, with...
  • John Kass: The future is now: A sci-fi geezer's lament

    The post-apocalyptic sci-fi stories I liked best as a boy weren't space operas on distant planets, involving warlike aliens who (weirdly enough) spoke guttural English, as if they were KGB officers in some action movie. The sci-fi I loved took place...
  • John Kass: We need Hillary now

    It's sad, yes, but America probably hasn't fully grasped the terrifying truth about President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech. He has two more to go. Two more? Ye gods! The prospect of listening to him blah blah blah his way through two more...
  • Welcome to the 28th annual Printers Row Lit Fest

    We're delighted to welcome everyone to the 28th edition ofthe Chicago Tribune'sPrinters Row Lit Fest, the largest annual gathering of book lovers between the coasts. Appropriately, the historic Printers Row neighborhood in the South Loop is again the...
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  • Crunchy water? Vegs, fruits juiciness offers H20

    Crunchy water? Vegs, fruits juiciness offers H20
    Drink plenty of water has been the refrain for the past few sun-baked, mega-hot days. And we're all for a glass of water. Make that a few glasses, bottles, mugs. But when your eyeballs begin to float, remember there are some other things that do an...
  • 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....