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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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  • Dining briefs: PB&J chicken wings, cake made of steak

    Dining briefs: PB&J chicken wings, cake made of steak
    TODAY IN NOSTALGIA GONE CRAY: Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, the Near North Side bar whose marketing team has a stranglehold on the phrase “award-winning wings,” has concocted its first new chicken wing flavor in four years: PB&J. It is...
  • 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."...
  • Nancy Silverton's short order for a dinner party time crunch: help

    Nancy Silverton's short order for a dinner party time crunch: help
    Last month, my friend Phil Rosenthal, creator and producer of the television show "Everybody Loves Raymond," came to my little town in Italy to film an episode of his new travel-food show, "I'll Have What Phil's Having." Among the daily activities and...
  • Fine Lines

     
    1. As a rule you can recognize genuinely smart people by their ability to say things like "I don't know," "Maybe you're right," and "I don't understand x well enough."....Paul Graham 2. Part of the pleasure of TV is, at......
  • Movie review: Taking offense to stereotype-ridden 'Jewtopia'

    Movie review: Taking offense to stereotype-ridden 'Jewtopia'
    If one-word reviews were acceptable, "Oy!" could completely cover the film adaptation of the surprise stage hit "Jewtopia." But since more is required, more will be heaped upon the heads of co-writer/director Bryan Fogel and his co-scripter — and...
  • 'Everybody Loves Raymond' inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame

    'Everybody Loves Raymond' inducted into Broadcasting Hall of Fame
    "Everybody Loves Raymond" ended in 2005, but the love persists. This spring, the Ray Romano sitcom will be inducted into the National Assn. of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB Show Television Luncheon on April 7. Series stars Ray...
  • Michelle Obama, in Los Angeles, asks donors to 'write a big, fat check'

    Michelle Obama, in Los Angeles, asks donors to 'write a big, fat check'
    First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged supporters in Los Angeles to donate money to boost Democratic prospects in the 2014 midterm election, saying such efforts were crucial to President Obama’s ability to accomplish the goals he laid out in...
  • 10 years of changing subjects, a look back

     
    Sunday's print column: First thing in the morning on Aug. 18, 2003 — 10 years ago Sunday — I stumbled bleary-eyed but eager to my desk in the attic and, with a few keystrokes, uploaded the following to the Tribune's......
  • The 'what if's' of eliminating net neutrality

     
    Phil Rosenthal has a must-read column today about net neutrality: What if I like streaming movies and TV via Netflix or Hulu and my broadband provider can't come to terms on a carriage deal with those sites? Or it's a......
  • Open thread: The Weeks in Review

     
    The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
  • Sun-Times investors elect successor to James Tyree

    The investors in Sun-Times Media Holdings, parent of the Chicago Sun-Times and other area daily and weekly newspapers and their websites, elected Jeremy Halbreich successor to the late James Tyree as chairman, it was announced today. Halbreich, who...