One of the city’s most influential media voices, John Kass has legions of loyal followers who appreciate his frank and unflinching commentaries on life in Chicago, “at once the finest and also most corrupt city in America.”
John’s column appears on page A2 of the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and he also hosts a weekday talk show from 9-11 a.m. on 89 WLS. A keen observer of life in Chicago, he is considered by many to be a voice of reason and common sense. Whether he is taking on the political elites, keeping tabs on organized crime, or chronicling the interests of everyday citizens, John Kass truly connects with Chicagoans.
The son of a Greek immigrant grocer, John worked as a merchant marine sailor, ditch digger and waiter before embarking on his 29-year career as an award-winning Chicago Tribune reporter and columnist. He’s won numerous journalism awards including the Chicago Tribune’s Beck Award for Writing, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi National Award for General Column Writing, the Scripps Howard Foundation’s National Journalism Award for Commentary, and the Chicago Headline Club’s Lisagor Award for Best Daily Newspaper Columnist.In the spring of 2012, he traveled to Greece and Turkey, providing sharp insight into the politics, economy and culture of the region.