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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: Never leave home without your competitors

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Never leave home without your competitors
    A U.S. judge on Thursday ruled American Express violated antitrust law in prohibiting merchants who accept its cards from encouraging the use of rival, lower-cost credit cards. Membership has its privileges. Unlawful restraint? Not among them. The...
  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Smoke 'em if you got 'em

    Butterfinger-maker Nestle plans to discontinue the use of artificial dyes and flavorings in its U.S. chocolates by year's end. So you'll have to grab something else when you crave Red 40 between meals. The largest stakeholder in the parent of Tempur-...
  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: When pigs fly in Spain

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: When pigs fly in Spain
    Top Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive, The New Yorker reports, is working with retail chief Angela Ahrendts on a revamp of Apple's stores. The key to whether an Apple store design is a success or not will be in the lines. If Ive and Ahrendts fall short of...
  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Late Nutella billionaire never spread too thin

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Late Nutella billionaire never spread too thin
    Italian multibillionaire Michele Ferrero, who gave the world the cocoa and filbert spread known as Nutella, has died in Monte Carlo at age 89. Some will tell you Nutella is distinctive for its chocolate flavor, but that's nuts. Ferrero's business...
  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Expedia gets a better rate with Orbitz

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Expedia gets a better rate with Orbitz
    Expedia is confident $1.33 billion is a good price for rival Orbitz Worldwide, the Chicago-based online travel service. Must have checked Kayak first. Some argue it would have been good publicity for United Airlines to honor tickets sold too cheaply...
  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Fake news makes news

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Fake news makes news
    Anybody remember what happened to Craig Kilborn, the first host of "The Daily Show"? In fairness to Kilborn, he spent five subsequent years at CBS before largely walking away from the public eye. Or so it would seem. He could be Sia for all we know....
  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: A big day for blowing smoke

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: A big day for blowing smoke
    Samsung warns that its Web-connected TVs can collect private conversations. The announcement thwarted U.S. plans to give visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel a Samsung TV as a show of trust and friendship. No one needs a TV that can track every...
  • 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....