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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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  • Navy Pier boozers may get to sip and stroll under Emanuel proposal

    Navy Pier boozers may get to sip and stroll under Emanuel proposal
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to loosen Navy Pier restrictions, so visitors can walk around while downing booze. Because drunker tourists make everything better. The official Scrabble Word List has approved about 6,500 new words, the BBC says. It's cazh...
  • Wage concerns bring a crowd to McDonald's for an off-menu item

    Wage concerns bring a crowd to McDonald's for an off-menu item
    There was a massive protest at McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook on Wednesday with demonstrators calling for wage increases. On the bright side for the fast-food giant, at least people were lining up outside McDonald's for something. Sponsors Visa...
  • S'mores Oreos on the way from Mondelez, but what's on the way out?

    S'mores Oreos on the way from Mondelez, but what's on the way out?
    S'mores Oreos become available for a limited time beginning Friday. Oreos' Deerfield-based parent, Mondelez, meanwhile, is weighing the future of its Chicago baking facility, job cuts and making s'more with s'less. ABC's "America's Funniest Home Videos"...
  • Corrections and clarifications for Wednesday, May 20, 2015

    •A Business section story and photo caption Tuesday misidentified the neighborhood where Rev Burger restaurant was located. It was in River North. •Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call column in Tuesday's Business section misidentified the...
  • CTA's Yellow Line trouble and Springfield's little train that won't

    CTA's Yellow Line trouble and Springfield's little train that won't
    The CTA's Yellow Line was shut down because the ground gave way beneath the tracks. Attention, Springfield: When metaphors for this state's financial crisis become this real, you better act before we go off the rails. The Ascena Retail Group is buying...
  • Simpson's Shearer, ESPN's Simmons show anyone can be replaced. But is it right?

     Simpson's Shearer, ESPN's Simmons show anyone can be replaced. But is it right?
    Mankind centuries ago reluctantly abandoned the conceit that Earth is the center of the universe. There remain some on this planet who have come to be seen — or see themselves — as the bright, shining star around which all else revolves, but...
  • Stupid Flanders: Shearer nixes exxxcellent $14 million 'Simpsons' gig

    Stupid Flanders: Shearer nixes exxxcellent $14 million 'Simpsons' gig
    Harry Shearer, man of many "Simpsons" voices, reportedly nixed a $14 million deal for just-announced seasons 27 and 28. Barring a reversal, he'll be replaced. But it's not as though there are tons of people who can do Mr. Burns. Oh wait, there are....
  • When Kim Jong Un bores you to death at a meeting, you die

    When Kim Jong Un bores you to death at a meeting, you die
    North Korean boss Kim Jong Un had his defense minister executed by anti-aircraft gun for, among other crimes, falling asleep at a Kim-led meeting, according to South Korean intelligence. Yet another senseless victim of PowerPoint presentations....
  • Obama library to call South Side home, but will the Obamas?

    Obama library to call South Side home, but will the Obamas?
    Lovely video of the Obamas rhapsodizing about Chicago's South Side, future home to Obama Foundation and Obama Presidential Library. Any more praise and you might get the idea they planned to live here again. The Obamas were so effusive in saying this...
  • Olive Garden to sell breadstick sandwiches because, well, why not

    Olive Garden to sell breadstick sandwiches because, well, why not
    Olive Garden next month will start offering sandwiches made with its signature breadsticks. Because when you're at Olive Garden, you're family — and family sometimes gets whatever we can find in the kitchen and throw together. Chinese conglomerate...
  • Illinois' pension crisis will show the kind of businessman Bruce Rauner is

    Illinois' pension crisis will show the kind of businessman Bruce Rauner is
    Now we're going to see what kind of businessman Bruce Rauner really is. The Illinois Supreme Court has crumpled up and tossed the 2013 law meant to erase $105 billion — with a "B" — in public pension debt, leaving our financially strained...