John Kass

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John Kass
Kass in March 6, 2014
Kass in March 6, 2014
BornJohn Kass
(1956-06-25) June 25, 1956 (age 62)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
SpouseBetty Castela (m. 1986)

John Kass (born June 25, 1956) is a columnist working for the Chicago Tribune. His opinion pieces regularly appear on page 2 of the main news section of the Tribune, instead of on the opinion/editorial pages;[1][2] this is the spot formerly occupied by Mike Royko.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

His Tribune biography reports Kass as the son of a Greek immigrant grocer. Kass was born on the South Side of Chicago; he grew up there and in the suburb of Oak Lawn, IL. He graduated from Harold L. Richards High School in the class of 1974, a member of varsity football and the yearbook staff.[4] He studied film at Columbia College in Chicago and worked in the student newspaper there but he never graduated.


Kass worked as an intern and later a reporter at the Daily Calumet, and has worked since 1980 for the Tribune.[5] He regularly covers political topics for the newspaper, the editorial policy of which declares it to be conservative.[6] His columns are syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.[7] Kass also writes about lighter topics, particularly beer can chicken.

Kass hosted, first with Jake Hartford and later Lauren Cohn, a weekday morning talk-radio program on Cumulus Media-owned WLS-AM. His last show was February 26, 2015.


Kass married Betty Castela in Oak Lawn's St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in 1986[8]. They have twin sons[9]. Kass lives in the Southwest suburb of Western Springs.


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  5. ^ "Chicago Tribune's John Kass to talk politics over breakfast at Elmhurst College". My Suburban Life. December 19, 2012.
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  7. ^ "John Kass articles". Tribune Content Agency. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
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  • ^ author, as detailed on the page