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The Chicago Tribune's Phil Rosenthal has been a working journalist since 17. He talked his way into a regular freelance gig with the Waukegan News-Sun while still a student at Lake Forest (Ill.) 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, first as a media columnist in the business section. Since 2011, Rosenthal has been a general business columnist.
One-time winner and two-time finalist in the New Yorker cartoon caption contest, unseen extra in the Oscar-winning film "Ordinary People," saved his youngest brother from drowning, father of two.