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

  • Labor Day weekend is perfect time to relish August's moutza

    Labor Day weekend is perfect time to relish August's moutza

    What's great about the Labor Day weekend is goofing off, having a decent drink in the warm late afternoon sun (gin and tonic, with bitters), lighting the grill, seeing friends and family. And relishing August's moutza of the Month. "This might be more efficient if you ask for who shouldn't get...

  • Game theories abound for 'Game of Thrones' fans, but fetal time travel?

    Game theories abound for 'Game of Thrones' fans, but fetal time travel?

    With "Game of Thrones" now off the air for at least a year, maybe longer, I've been staggered by a theory that Tyrion Lannister, the brilliant dwarf, is actually a fetal time traveler. Unstuck in time like some medieval Billy Pilgrim, he may also have the ability to change events, and may be related...

  • Best sandwich in the world? Homegrown tomato with bacon, lettuce

    Best sandwich in the world? Homegrown tomato with bacon, lettuce

    There is one thing wrong with the classic bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich. The name. The name has got to go. And if I have anything to say about it, the words "bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich" shall be stricken from the memory of the people and from every monument and from every statue, if...

  • The Democratic silence on antifa is dangerous

    The Democratic silence on antifa is dangerous

    There is a disturbing silence from leaders of the Democratic Party over those gangs of black-masked leftist thugs shutting down free speech and beating people to the ground with clubs at Berkeley. We've seen such leftist violence before, and we saw it again just the other day at a protest in Berkeley,...

  • Gov. Rauner opens a breach with conservatives over sanctuary state

    Gov. Rauner opens a breach with conservatives over sanctuary state

    Is Gov. Bruce Rauner a leader being unmercifully squeezed by Chicago Machine Democrats? Or is he just another transactional man, a politician without a core, lost in the winds and beginning to frighten his campaign contributors? Lately it's been hard to tell. And that means trouble not only for...

  • McGregor vs. Mayweather fight leads back to a guilty habit

    McGregor vs. Mayweather fight leads back to a guilty habit

    There's been so much hype about Saturday's Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather "superfight," that even casual non-fight fans are becoming interested. Physicians have been wringing their hands about the physical safety of the fighters. The odds went up, and then down, perhaps to protect the safety...

  • ESPN's 'sensitivity' move shows need for stupidity training

    ESPN's 'sensitivity' move shows need for stupidity training

    In every Cultural Revolution there are self-inflicted wounds, but ESPN just kicked it up a notch, exploding its politically correct head all over the place. ESPN thought sports fans wouldn't know the difference between an Asian-American ESPN football announcer named Robert Lee and the commander...

  • Chicago murder on the steps of a church tests the faithful

    Chicago murder on the steps of a church tests the faithful

    There are many beautiful services in many houses of worship in Chicago. But one at Friendship Baptist Church on the West Side on Sunday was more than beautiful. It was fearless. And it was full of love and faith, even in the face of a double murder on those very church steps the Sunday before. ...

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