Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg (born June 10, 1942 in Kansas City, Missouri)[1] is a retired TV critic for the Los Angeles Times. He worked there for 25 years and won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.[2] Rosenberg coined the term mixed martial arts, or MMA, in the inaugural Ultimate Fighting Championship event at UFC 1 in November 1993.[3][4] In recent years he has written the book No Time to Think: The Menace of Media Speed and the 24-Hour News Cycle with Charles S. Feldman and compiled an anthology of his works, Not So Prime Time: Chasing the Trivial on American Television. He currently teaches multiple classes on television criticism as an adjunct professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[5]


In a column soon after the September 11, 2001 attacks, Rosenberg said that George W. Bush appeared "stiff and boyish." This led to requests for him to be fired and he stated that he received letters calling him "Osama bin Rosenberg" due to the controversy.[6]

Personal life[edit]

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 is Jewish.[7] Rosenberg's daughter, Kirsten Rosenberg, co-owned a bakery in Washington, D.C., called Sticky Fingers and is currently the lead singer of the all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens.[8]


  1. ^ Fischer, Heinz-Dietrich; Fischer, Erika J. (2002). The Pulitzer Prize Archive 16. K. G. Saur Verlag. p. 203. ISBN 3-598-30186-3. 
  2. ^ "Howard Rosenberg - Entry at". Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  3. ^ "UFC The Beginning". Retrieved 2014. 
  4. ^ "MMA Symbol". Retrieved 2014. 
  5. ^ "School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile". USC School of Cinematic Arts. Retrieved 13 January 2012. 
  6. ^ On the Media Interview
  7. ^ Deggans, Eric (6 October 2010). "Parker/Spitzer doesn't rescue CNN". Tampa Bay Times (Florida, United States). Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Howard Rosenberg - Biography". Official Website, Howard Rosenberg. Retrieved 10 September 2010.