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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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  • Multimedia update

     
    Tonight (Sunday) at 9 p.m. I'll be appearing on "On Target Radio," (WIND 560), billed as "Chicago's voice for the Second Amendment." Given the station and the subtitle of the show I'm guessing the audience and the callers will not......
  • 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...
  • Longtime Chicago magazine editor stepping down

    Richard Babcock said Tuesday he is stepping down as editor of Chicago magazine on April 15, his 20th anniversary in the position. Richard Gamble, the monthly magazine's publisher, said the process of recruiting a successor has begun and Babcock, 64,...
  • Coaching, adapting as much in play for businesses as sports teams

    Coaching, adapting as much in play for businesses as sports teams
    These days, when he puts on his suit and tie, he goes to work before a deafening throng of more than 20,000 paying customers, not to mention hundreds of thousands more following on TV and radio. His performance and that of those under him invite enough...
  • 10 things you might not know about lists

    Last week, former Chicagoan Fidel Urbina was added to a list that you don't want to be on: the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. Meanwhile, two suspicious characters at the Tribune joined a more attractive list -- as e-book authors. Jacob and...
  • Replaying Election Night from the Chicago Tribune

     Replaying Election Night from the Chicago Tribune
    On Election Night, the Chicago Tribune newsroom whirred with enterprise: Reporters dashed about. Editors huddled. Televisions glowed. In the center of the room in a bay-windowed office known as “the fishbowl,” the video programming team of...
  • 'Jewtopia' to open N.B. Film Festival

    'Jewtopia' to open N.B. Film Festival
    Turn up the "klezmer" — that's Yiddish for music — the opening night of the 2012 Newport Beach Film Festival is going to be quite the shindig. "Jewtopia," staring Ivan Sergei, Joel David Moore and Jennifer Love Hewitt, kicks off the 13th year...
  • Groupon criticized for Super Bowl ads making light of Tibet, whales, the rainforest

     
    Groupon's Super Bowl ads haven't gone over very well so far, particularly one spot dealing with Tibet and Tibetan food. On Monday, Groupon CEP Andrew Mason attempted to jusitfy the commercials in a company blog post titled "Our Super Bowl Ads, and How We'...