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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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  • A woman on the $20 bill, the Indiana governor behind closed doors and more

    A woman on the $20 bill, the Indiana governor behind closed doors and more
    There's talk of replacing Andrew Jackson with a woman on the $20 bill. The only drawback is that apparently will make it worth less than $16. The Institute for Women's Policy Research, tracking the glacial rate at which the male-female wage gap is...
  • Community news for Vernon edition

    Friends of Hall Memorial Library seeking book donations ELLINGTON - The Friends of Hall Memorial Library in Ellington are asking for donations for our Book Cellar and upcoming April Book Sale. We accept donations of good clean books, CDs DVDs and audio...
  • Heinz, Kraft gang up, new direction for One Direction member and more

    Heinz, Kraft gang up, new direction for One Direction member and more
    Condiment king H.J. Heinz's takeover of Kraft Foods — home to Oscar Mayer, Miracle Whip, Kool-Aid, Velveeta, Jell-O, Capri Sun and, of course, mac & cheese — says one thing: It wants your kid's lunch money. Even if a Heinz-Kraft merger isn't...
  • SpongeBob-worthy hotels, all-natural bacteria and the old college try

    Viacom and Karisma Hotels & Resorts plan a string of Nickelodeon Hotels. That's great for SpongeBob and Dora, but there are cheaper places to stay if you're into green slime. Amy's Kitchen has recalled frozen meals because of spinach possibly...
  • Chicago Tribune corrections and clarifications for Tuesday, March 17, 2015

    Phil Rosenthal's Sunday Business column on states struggling to acquire drugs for executions because of European Union pressure on pharmaceutical companies noted drugmakers' objections to the use of propofol. That drug, however, was not used in an...
  • Amazon drones, NFL blackouts and other potential collisions

    Amazon drones, NFL blackouts and other potential collisions
    Amazon has approval to test drones for delivery. Which explains the new ads about how well its tablets withstand being dropped. Drones plus power lines may lend new meaning to Amazon Fire. NFL owners voted to suspend their 42-year-old local TV...
  • Magic Johnson still gets assists, Mr. T on TV and lost interest in CDs

    Magic Johnson still gets assists, Mr. T on TV and lost interest in CDs
    Interesting to see the link between NBA great Magic Johnson's donations to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city business deals. Magic always knew how to work the give-and-go. Mr. T has been named host of the DIY Network show "I Pity the Tool." Not only can...
  • Kraft Macaroni & Cheese's mettle, 'Fashion Police' wears thin and more

    Kraft Macaroni & Cheese's mettle, 'Fashion Police' wears thin and more
    Some packages of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese have been recalled because they may contain pieces of metal. It was either that or new labels: "Now with more iron!" E! Entertainment Television has put "Fashion Police" on hiatus. The people who work on the show...
  • You can't hide at Ikea or — no Schock — in a 'Downton Abbey' office

    You can't hide at Ikea or — no Schock — in a 'Downton Abbey' office
    Ikea has put the kibosh on games of hide-and-seek in its Dutch stores. Finding people is easy at Ikea. You know what's hard to find? The last cam-lock nut for this stupid bookcase. Ever play hide-and-seek at Best Buy? It's not much fun. You're always...
  • No Cinderella story in Crimea

    Vladimir Putin has resurfaced after more than a week out of public view. Clearly he and the rest of the NCAA tournament selection committee take their work very seriously. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, Quicken Loans and Yahoo will not be dangling...
  • Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Disney's 'Frozen' assets

    Phil Rosenthal's Margin Call: Disney's 'Frozen' assets
    Disney said Thursday it's making a sequel to its billion-dollar 2013 hit "Frozen." The working title is "More Cold Hard Cash, Please." Details on the sequel are sketchy, but there's a rumor one song will have Elsa explaining why she only used one...