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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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    Cambridge getting a Lego chair if all the pieces come together
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    With egg prices high because of avian flu, someone's starting to crack
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  • Hot dog! New emojis, like taco and hockey stick, for when words fail

    Hot dog! New emojis, like taco and hockey stick, for when words fail
    The nonprofit organization that governs the Unicode standard has approved 37 new emojis and five skin-tone emoji modifiers coming soon to a smartphone near you. If that doesn't leave you speechless, it's not for lack of trying. Among the new emojis will...
  • Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets virtually available

    Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets virtually available
    The public, it was announced Thursday, will be able to get its hands on the much-anticipated consumer version of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in early 2016, and each unit will come with an Xbox One gamepad. Or so it will seem. Pizza Hut...
  • Alibaba founder's 'treasure island' isn't Robert Louis Stevenson's

    Alibaba founder's 'treasure island' isn't Robert Louis Stevenson's
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  • Former Obama White House spokesman takes McDonaldland storytelling job

    Former Obama White House spokesman takes McDonaldland storytelling job
    McDonald's has hired President Barack Obama's former White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs. He's the perfect choice to neither confirm nor deny whatever may or may not be going on. Gibbs, McDonald's new global chief communications officer, was press...
  • Oprah Winfrey's OWN gets out of bed with dad of 34

    Oprah Winfrey's OWN gets out of bed with dad of 34
    Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel, in bailing out of a previously announced reality show, is getting out of bed with the man at its center who's said to have fathered 34 children by 17 women. In other words, the 18th woman got it right. Workers at Gawker...
  • Thanks to data, in the future, everyone will be anonymous 15 minutes

    Thanks to data, in the future, everyone will be anonymous 15 minutes
    Forget Andy Warhol. "In the future," his spiritual heir Banksy noted in an objet d'art, "everyone will be anonymous for 15 minutes." Virtually no one and nothing today is completely under the radar or off the grid, no matter what they think, thanks to...
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    FIFA scandal statement: Visa, McDonald's, others don't run, won't kick
    You can understand why corporate sponsor Visa would put out a strongly worded statement calling on FIFA to "take swift and immediate steps" toward reforms after the arrest of 14 people in and around soccer's top global governing body. Of course, Visa'...
  • Scientists create living rat's leg in lab and, with it, a first step

    Scientists create living rat's leg in lab and, with it, a first step
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  • Businesses lost their incentive to move to Illinois before this

    Businesses lost their incentive to move to Illinois before this
    Responding to Illinois' financial mess, Gov. Bruce Rauner has ordered there be no economic incentives offered to lure new businesses here. Frankly the financial mess and lack of leadership already eliminated most incentive for anyone to move here anyway....