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Phil Rosenthal
My Biography

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 Los Angeles' Daily News, first as a sports writer, then TV 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 TV critic. He moved to Tribune to cover media in 2005.

No. He didn't know what was about to happen, or how quickly.

Career highlights include modeling swimsuits for Sports Illustrated supermodel Vendela, getting a manicure from Lorena Bobbitt, chatting up David Letterman, 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 be flattered you made it this far.

An award-winning journalist, he once saved the life of one of his three brothers and may have been kicked off Lake Forest High School's 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 two 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's column appears in the Business section Sundays, Wednesdays and whenever events warrant, which occurs more often than you might think.
My Recent Articles

Uber tests limits with reputation that it stops at nothing 11/22/2014
Uber is in the business of helping people get to places by car, though it does not actually drive anyone around. Shove, kick and elbow — figuratively, at least — yes. Drive, no.

What is Bill Cosby without his image? 11/20/2014
It is the defining moment of the "The Cosby Show" pilot episode, which 30 years ago introduced obstetrician Cliff Huxtable to the world. Son Theo — like typical family-sitcom viewers at the time — expects his father will accept his shortcomings and love him unconditionally.

The Derrick Rose dilemma: Should star workers be pushed to push themselves? 11/18/2014
Despite what you think you're reading, I'm not writing a column today. But you don't have to worry about me. I'll still get paid just as surely as advertisers and subscribers had to pony up in expectation that I would, that something would fill this space. Because I am a superstar, a model...

Sam Zell wants to run grocery stores? Tribune redux 11/15/2014
One does not amass billions of dollars without learning a thing or two about making shrewd investments. "Sam Zell knows all about buying low and selling high," television's Maria Bartiromo explained in 2010, in case you were wondering.

Verizon hopes to connect, get its message through 11/11/2014
Whatever is the opposite of "like a kid in a candy store" is a fair description of me at a typical mobile phone retail outlet.