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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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  • Michelle Obama to Headline DNC Fundraiser at Home of 'Raymond' Creator Phil Rosenthal

    First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to raise money for the Democratic National Committee on Oct. 11 at the Hancock Park home of "Everybody Loves Raymond" creator Phil Rosenthal and his wife, Monica. President Obama was scheduled to attend a $32,000-...
  • Obama Postpones Latino Music Concert After Navy Shootings

    In light of the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard, the White House has postponed Monday night's scheduled concert in the East Room that was to feature Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Arturo Sandoval, Lila Downs and other musicians to honor Hispanic...
  • 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...
  • Michelle Obama Cancels Appearance at DNC Fundraiser at Home of "Raymond" Creator

    With few signs that the government shutdown will be resolved over the next few days, First Lady Michelle Obama has cancelled a planned fundraiser on Friday for the Democratic National Committee that was to be held at the home of "Everybody Loves Raymond"...
  • Obama to Return to L.A. on Nov. 25 for Fundraising Visit (EXCLUSIVE)

    President Obama will return to Los Angeles on Nov. 25 for a series of fundraisers, having canceled an event in September because of the unfolding crisis in Syria. Obama will appear an event on the evening of Nov. 25 to raise money for the Democratic...
  • Ray Romano Brings Laughs to International Myeloma Foundation's Comedy Celebration

    The International Myeloma Foundation used the power of celebrity and laughter to benefit the Peter Boyle Research Fund and support the Black Swan Research Initiative at the 7th annual Comedy Celebration, held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre & Club in LA...
  • 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......
  • Check out the Trib's election-night webcast.

     
    My colleagues Rick Kogan, Phil Rosenthal, Jenniffer Weigel and Kristen McQueary are hosting tomorrow night's "Election Watch 2012: Lively Coverage of the Live Coverage," a streaming webcast from our newsroom starting at 7 p.m. at ChicagoTribune.com. I'm...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • The Prickly Platoon: P-Ro joins the posse

     
    Tribune media columnist and blogger Phil Rosenthal joined me in the studio today and Scott Stantis chimed in via Skype for a raspberry-punctuated discussion of local and national news: Emanuel, Ayers, Colbert and October Hogs We’d like to include...