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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

Commodity prices make chocolate treats a treasure 4/19/2014
Rising costs, increasing demand may mean most eventually won't be able to afford it If your family Easter traditions include a hunt for mini-eggs and other chocolate goodies, you might consider grabbing a basket and joining the kids in the search.

Walgreen headquarters debate taxes our senses 4/16/2014
With companies moving corporate offices all over the map, our sense of place seems skewed You know that corner of Happy and Healthy where Walgreens stores advertise that they're located? It's not on a local map.

GM, Comcast hearings struggle selling stories 4/13/2014
CEOs, other witnesses don't always understand the rules It is not uncommon for someone to sell a bill of goods when appearing before a Senate or House panel. What's rare for a hearing on Capitol Hill is for an elected official to actually solicit goods.

All is for sale in sports, so why not Cubs shares? 4/9/2014
Businesses bring in fresh money through investors all the time, so why shouldn't the Ricketts family take on minority stakeholders? What I can't figure out is why anyone cares if the Ricketts family takes on minority shareholders for the Chicago Cubs . Why wouldn't they? Why shouldn't they? Why haven't they? It's practically free money, and it's not as though the family must give up any real control of the team or its assets. Minority shareholders don't have a voice. ...

Winnetka crusader fights high-speed trading 4/6/2014
'I think they're going to do something this time,' Nanex founder says "This is my final stand," said Eric Scott Hunsader, who's been chin deep in this muck for more than three years. "This is it. If I don't get this done now, I will have wasted my time. I've invested so much in this. It's got to stop now, or it never will."