Bio

Howard Rosenberg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning former television critic for The Los Angeles.

At the University of Southern California, Rosenberg teaches critical writing and a TV symposium in the School of Cinema and Media Studies, and formerly taught news ethics in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

He has published two non-fiction books:

An anthology of Rosenberg’s columns and essays, “Not So Prime Time: Chasing the Trivial on American Television,” was granted coveted “Star” status by Publisher’s Weekly, which anointed it a “delectable book of crisp, witty and caustic criticism.” Said Kirkus Reviews: “Rosenberg is the real thing—a serious, thoughtful, lucent writer…No one has mapped TV’s terrain more thoroughly and starkly.”

Rosenberg’s second non-fiction book, No Time to Think: The Menace of Media Speed and the 24-hour News Cycle, was written with Charles S. Feldman. The Associated Press found it “compelling and insightful,” Booklist proclaimed it “often humorous and completely engrossing,” and the Library Journal said, “This book pulls no punches.”

Satirical mystery novels now head Rosenberg’s publishing agenda, most recently Up Yours! whose Nick and Nora Charles-style sleuths confront a bizarre collision of homicides and hemorrhoids in a fancy Los Angeles suburb.

In process is The Ugly Truth about St. Billy in which an Internet journalist discovers a lethal Christmas conspiracy in upstate New York.

Rosenberg also authored the nationally syndicated cartoon strip, Airwaves.

His many other honors include two National Headliner Awards for commentary. In addition, he served seven years on the University of Georgia’s prestigious Peabody Awards board, which hands out the premier individual prizes honoring electronic media.

Prior to joining The Los Angeles Times, Rosenberg was television critic at The Louisville (KY) Times, and before that a reporter for that paper and the Moline (IL) Dispatch. He began his journalism career as editor of the White Bear Press, a weekly paper near St. Paul, Minn.

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A native of Kansas City, MO, Rosenberg earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Minnesota. He and his wife, Carol, reside in a suburb of Los Angeles with a cockatiel and two cats.

 

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