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 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.

Recent Work

Democrats Use Tear Gas Image as Sentimental Weapon to Avoid Clearheaded Immigration Debate Opinions
Democrats Use Tear Gas Image as Sentimental Weapon to Avoid Clearheaded Immigration Debate
November 28, 2018
by John Kass

If there is one thing worse than that photograph of a little Honduran boy breathing through an oxygen mask after being hit with tear gas on our Southern border, it's this: Using that image as a sentimental weapon to fend... Read More

Jim Acosta, on a Peacock’s Crusade, Wins Because of Trump’s Appointed Judge Opinions
Jim Acosta, on a Peacock’s Crusade, Wins Because of Trump’s Appointed Judge
November 20, 2018
by John Kass

That a grandstanding show pony like CNN's Jim Acosta would be transformed by President Donald Trump into a First Amendment crusader knight is perhaps a sad but fitting comment on our age. Acosta is back at work... Read More

Americans Need Sunshine on Trump/Russia and the Clinton-Funded Dossier — Now Opinions
Americans Need Sunshine on Trump/Russia and the Clinton-Funded Dossier — Now
November 8, 2018
by John Kass

After the midterm elections, Americans were still trying to see past the political spin to the serious implications of it all. Did the Democrats win a short-term victory by taking the House and, with it, subpoena power allowing... Read More

Democrats Shame Kanye West to Protect Themselves Opinions
Democrats Shame Kanye West to Protect Themselves
October 17, 2018
by John Kass

When Kanye West condemned a Republican president after Hurricane Katrina smashed New Orleans, Democrats and their media biscuit eaters weren't all that upset. Many were overjoyed that West, the megastar from... Read More

Hypocritical Damon Uses Kavanaugh Portrayal as a Shield Opinions
Hypocritical Damon Uses Kavanaugh Portrayal as a Shield
October 6, 2018
by John Kass

Future historians probably won't devote entire volumes to Hollywood actor Matt Damon for his part in the grotesque savaging of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Sadly, Damon will most likely be just a footnote, some jester in... Read More

Democrats, Kavanaugh and the Illness Deep Within the Bones of the Republic Opinions
Democrats, Kavanaugh and the Illness Deep Within the Bones of the Republic
September 27, 2018
by John Kass

It is tempting to watch the political spectacle of Democrats destroying Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as if it were only some shameful partisan circus. Read More

Obama hides his cynicism behind a silky tongue Opinions
Obama hides his cynicism behind a silky tongue
September 13, 2018
by John Kass

U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters and former President Barack Obama are out making stump speeches, rallying the Democratic base for the critical midterm elections in November in the hopes of crippling President Donald Trump by taking control of Congress. Read More

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Drops Out, and It’s Lord of the Flies, Again Opinions
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Drops Out, and It’s Lord of the Flies, Again
September 5, 2018
by John Kass

Mayor Rahm Emanuel drops a political bombshell on Chicago, announcing he won't run for re-election, and just like that the race for mayor has been transformed: It's Lord of the Flies on LaSalle Street. Read More

The Silence of Pope Francis and the Pain of a Church Opinions
The Silence of Pope Francis and the Pain of a Church
August 29, 2018
by John Kass

As Roman Catholic bishops tear at each other, as Pope Francis refuses comment even while standing accused of covering up sexual abuse, I thought of a Bible story. Read More

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