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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: Gold, cold and Verizon's old code

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Gold, cold and Verizon's old code
    Recent price fluctuations suggest the market is divided in its view of gold. Some swear it's the answer in uncertain times. Others insist it's actually black and blue. Vince Vaughn and Lady Gaga were among those dipping into chilly Lake Michigan for...
  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: You gotta hand it to Apple

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: You gotta hand it to Apple
    Apple has announced a "special event" for March 9, presumably to unveil its smartwatch. You know, a watch. That thing that told you the time before you had a phone. The event is set for 10 a.m. Pacific Time. That means the little hand is on the 10 and...
  • Blue Cross has you covered, except when it doesn't

    Blue Cross has you covered, except when it doesn't
    Nice that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is sorry about the people whose data was exposed in Anthem's data breach. But if all parties connected to health care were truly as committed to protecting patient privacy as they say, hospital gowns...
  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call has a Grippo on Depot, PepsiCo and Zeppo

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call has a Grippo on Depot, PepsiCo and Zeppo
    Local law firm Grippo & Elden said Tuesday it is merging with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, of Kansas City, Mo. Terms were not disclosed, but a combo of Grippo and Shook, Hardy had to be a handshake deal, right? Home Depot posted a fourth-quarter profit of $1....
  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Honda's CEO and Disney visitors pay the price

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Honda's CEO and Disney visitors pay the price
    Honda's Takanobu Ito is out as president and CEO. Honda ran into trouble amid a defective air-bag scandal. It turns out Ito also did not deploy properly. Single-day tickets for Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom visitors age 10 and older are rising to...
  • 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....