Howard Rosenberg
Howard Anthony Rosenberg

(1942-06-10) June 10, 1942 (age 80)
OccupationTelevision critic

Howard Anthony Rosenberg (born June 10, 1942) is an American television critic. He worked at The Louisville Times from 1968 through 1978 and then worked at the Los Angeles Times for 25 years where he won a Pulitzer Prize for Criticism.[1][2] Rosenberg coined the term mixed martial arts, or MMA, in his review of the first Ultimate Fighting Championship event UFC 1 in Los Angeles Times on November 15, 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. Rosenberg was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1996 to 2003.[5] He currently teaches multiple classes on television criticism as an adjunct professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.[6] Rosenberg argued:

if one word characterizes TV-driven popular culture, it's excess – the steroidal massing that comes from going too far, artificially swelling something beyond what's natural.[7]

The Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994 states:

Smart and perceptive, Rosenberg crafts stylish reviews of TV shows and trends, producing columns both witty and quotable.... Tuned in to both TV and the outside world, Rosenberg provides the caviar of critiques.[8]

Early life and education

Howard Rosenberg was born June 10, 1942, in Kansas City, Missouri.[9] He 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.[citation needed]


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.[10]

Personal life

Rosenberg's daughter, Kirsten Rosenberg, co-owned a vegan bakery in Washington, D.C., called Sticky Fingers and is currently the lead singer of the all-female tribute band The Iron Maidens.[11]


  1. ^ "Rosenberg to retire Aug. 8," July 28, 2003, Los Angeles Times, retrieved May 27, 2017
  2. ^ "Howard Rosenberg - Entry at". Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  3. ^ "UFC The Beginning".
  4. ^ "MMA Symbol". Archived from the original on 2016-03-06.
  5. ^ "George Foster Peabody Awards Board Members".
  6. ^ "School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile". USC School of Cinematic Arts. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
  7. ^ Terry Eastland, ed. Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994: A Critical Review of the Media (1994) p 110.
  8. ^ Terry Eastland, ed. Forbes Media Guide Five Hundred, 1994: A Critical Review of the Media (1994) pp 110-11.
  9. ^ Fischer, Heinz-Dietrich; Fischer, Erika J. (2002). The Pulitzer Prize Archive. Vol. 16. K. G. Saur Verlag. p. 203. ISBN 3-598-30186-3.
  10. ^ On the Media Interview Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "Howard Rosenberg - Biography". Official Website, Howard Rosenberg. Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 10 September 2010.