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

  • Hillary: How can we miss you when you won't go away?

    Hillary: How can we miss you when you won't go away?

    Don't you just hate it when Democrats are rude to little old ladies? Yeah, me too. It's not only bad manners, it's also terrible politics. Politics is all about the symbolic, but today I'm not talking about some symbolic little old lady, say some actress in a wheelchair, shrieking as she's pushed...

  • Death of NFL inevitable as middle class abandons the game

    Death of NFL inevitable as middle class abandons the game

    To witness the death of the multi-billion dollar National Football League, you really don't need to see sportswriters wringing their hands over the moral dilemma of covering America's Roman circus of brain trauma. And you don't need to watch multi-millionaire football stars, pampered for most of...

  • 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,...

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