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Phil Rosenthal

Phil Rosenthal
Phil Rosenthal, the Chicago Tribune's media columnist, has been a working journalist since 17, when he talked his way into a regular freelance gig with the Waukegan News-Sun while still in high school.

As he earned his journalism degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rosenthal covered sports, spot news and media for The Capital Times in Madison, Wis. He spent 11 years at the Los Angeles Daily News, first as a sports writer, then a television critic and ultimately as a columnist whose work was nationally distributed by the New York Times News Service. He returned to his hometown and joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 1996, serving as deputy sports editor, sports columnist and t...
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Phil Rosenthal, the Chicago Tribune's media columnist, has been a working journalist since 17, when he talked his way into a regular freelance gig with the Waukegan News-Sun while still in high school.

As he earned his journalism degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rosenthal covered sports, spot news and media for The Capital Times in Madison, Wis. He spent 11 years at the Los Angeles Daily News, first as a sports writer, then a television critic and ultimately as a columnist whose work was nationally distributed by the New York Times News Service. He returned to his hometown and joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 1996, serving as deputy sports editor, sports columnist and television critic. He moved to the Chicago Tribune in 2005.

Highlights of his career include modeling swimsuits for Sports Illustrated supermodel Vendela, getting a manicure from Lorena Bobbitt, smoking cigars with Jack Paar and introducing his mother to Johnny Carson.

Rosenthal is virtually certain no one actually reads biographies all the way through, and would congratulate you for making it this far.

An award-winning journalist, he once saved the life of one of his three brothers and was kicked off his high school newspaper. He was an extra in the Oscar-winning movie "Ordinary People" and, although it appears he wound up on the cutting-room floor, he did get paid and fed and can claim to be just three degrees from Kevin Bacon. Rosenthal is married and has two young children, who don't yet read his column but recognize his picture in the paper. They are not yet embarrassed to be related to him.

Rosenthal Field in north suburban Lake Bluff is named for Rosenthal's late father, a former youth baseball coach and elementary school board member, not him.

Phil Rosenthal's media column appears Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.
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  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Ken Griffin's new views, bacon bets and more

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Ken Griffin's new views, bacon bets and more
    Billionaire Ken Griffin bought full-floor homes on the 37th and 46th floors of Chicago's Waldorf Astoria. He obviously loved the view. The view in turn was required to sign a binding prenuptial agreement.
  • Corrections and clarifications for Monday, Jan. 19, 2015

    •Phil Rosenthal's Sunday business column on the U.S. Postal Service should have said its network expanded last year by 971,543 new delivery points, not delivery routes. •In Friday's A+E section, the Bridge column contained a card face error....

    Phil Rosenthal's margin call: All the bull and 500,000 heirs, apparently

    Phil Rosenthal's margin call: All the bull and 500,000 heirs, apparently
    Smart bets are hard to come by. Bank of America and Citigroup on Thursday each announced sharp declines in their fourth-quarter profits. So money in the bank isn't even money in the bank. Southwest Airlines has been hit with a record $1.6 million fine...

    Add bad language to Bears' poor choices

    Thank goodness for Tribune columnist Phil Rosenthal. I thought I was the only one offended by Bears Chairman George McCaskey’s description of his mother, Virginia’s, “dissatisfaction” with the Bears season. As Rosenthal wrote,...

    How Marriott Wants to be the Red Bull of the Hotel Industry

    If it worked for an energy drink maker like Red Bull, why not a hotel chain operator? Marriott International today announced the formation of an internal content studio through which it will develop, produce and distribute a slate of entertainment...