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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......
  • 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...
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    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1ST INTERNET ONLY Tonight's edition of Extension 720 will be heard exclusively on our Internet-Only WGN2 stream. Tune in at 9pm for a live edition of Extension 720, only on wgnradio.com. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2ND A NIGHT WITH MARK STEYN...
  • Lottery commercial redefines joy in spirit of Chicago Way

    When it comes to greetings during the Winter Shopping Spree vaguely associated with the 25th of December, I guess I'm hopelessly old-fashioned. I say "Merry Christmas." Some will think me too retro. Too bad. I'm like Linus from the "Peanuts" cartoons....
  • To raise loyal fans, try tough parenting

    Here are perhaps the two most important questions in the known universe: How do we Sox fans make certain that our young, impressionable and gentle children don't grow up to be evil Cubs fans--Or, how do we Cubs fans make sure that our young,...
  • Extension 720 Audio Archives, December 2008

    This show, we bring you coverage and analysis of the explosive allegations concerning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. With us on this program in studio to discuss the events were Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass and political commentator Chris...
  • Honor freedom with a beer can, chicken

    Honor freedom with a beer can, chicken
    Nothing quite says 4th of July -- and American independence from unreasonable taxation and those intrusive federal regulations -- like a chicken with a beer can stuck up its behind, roasting silently over wood charcoal. Nothing. Cynics may call it a...
  • John Kass: Victims' brother pours out years of pain, rage

    You could tell from Pat Spilotro's back how angry he was. It was shaking. In federal court Thursday, Spilotro was addressing the judge. His back was to Chicago Outfit boss James Marcello, convicted of conspiracy in the 1986 murders of Spilotro's gangster...