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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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Top Phil Rosenthal Articles

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  • Norman Lear, Barbara Cook coming to Wallis Annenberg Center

    Norman Lear, Barbara Cook coming to Wallis Annenberg Center
    Norman Lear, the television veteran behind the sitcom "All in the Family" and other hits, and Barbara Cook, the Broadway stage legend, have been added to the current season of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.  Lear...
  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: We're all here for a limited time

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: We're all here for a limited time
    Workers who supply onboard meals protested outside United Airlines headquarters Thursday. Usually it's their food that talks back. Residents near Wrigley Field are complaining that rats have overrun the neighborhood during ballpark renovations. The...
  • 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. The New Hampshire Lottery said it will introduce...
  • 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,...
  • L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade Draws Celebrities, Chefs and Inspiring Kids

    Celebrities and chefs got together on the grassy quad at UCLA on Saturday to fight childhood cancer at one of the city's top food-meets-fundraising events, L.A. Loves Alex's Lemonade. More than $200,000 was raised from an auction with items including...
  • 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...
  • Torrington's Switch Factory Play Bluegrass-Tinged Americana

    Torrington's Switch Factory Play Bluegrass-Tinged Americana
    The roots of bluegrass music in Connecticut run deeper than you'd expect. There's an active bluegrass association (ctbluegrass.org) that provides all the details: local and regional bands, upcoming concerts, jam sessions — even rules on how to jam...
  • Q&A: Chuck Lorre and John Wells on the State of TV

    Chuck Lorre is currently the sitcom's reigning king, producing four CBS comedies, including "The Big Bang Theory." John Wells might have stewarded the last genuine dramatic mega-hit in "ER," as well as acclaimed series such as "Southland" and "Shameless."...
  • President Obama honored for human rights stands at Shoah gala

    The event: You knew you were in L.A. at the Ambassadors for Humanity Gala, which celebrated the USC Shoah Foundation’s 20th anniversary and honored President Obama for his commitment to human rights. Celebrity guests and entertainment industry...