Mike McGraw

Chicago Bulls Beat Writer
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Mike McGraw has been covering the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald since Michael Jordan returned from the baseball diamond in 1995. McGraw became the full-time beat writer in 1999 and started off with the two worst seasons in franchise history.

Prior to that assignment, he spent 10 years covering high school sports for the Daily Herald and one year on colleges. The Daily Herald was his first permanent job in journalism, after working for a few minor league sports franchises and serving front-office internships with the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Whether covering a sectional basketball game in Waukegan or Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Salt Lake City, his goal has been to capture the drama and explore the personalities that exist on every level of competition. McGraw won an Associated Press Sports Editor's Award in 2009 for a story about the death of Bulls' legend Norm Van Lier.

A graduate of Stevenson High School and the University of Michigan, McGraw has been married to fellow Daily Herald sports writer Patricia Babcock since 1999.

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Why All-NBA honors could net Bulls’ Butler a big pay day

May 18 2017 | 6:12 pm - Bulls forward Jimmy Butler reached another milestone Thursday. He was named to the All-NBA third-team for the first time in his six-year career.

Mike McGraw’s preview of the NBA Western Conference finals

May 14 2017 | 7:46 am - Mike McGraw’s preview of the NBA Western Conference finals

Chicago Bulls mailbag: What will happen this summer?

May 10 2017 | 7:27 pm - As the Chicago Bulls head into an important off-season, Mike McGraw answers questions from readers about Jimmy Butler’s future, free agency, the draft and why there has been no change in the front office.

Paxson supports Hoiberg, but adds some suggestions

May 04 2017 | 7:31 pm - During the Bulls’ season-ending news conference Wednesday, vice president John Paxson was generally supportive of second-year coach Fred Hoiberg. but offered a few suggestions for improvement.

Butler’s future shouldn’t be cloudy, but it is

May 03 2017 | 8:37 pm - The relatively simple question of Jimmy Butler’s future with the Chicago Bulls produced some involved answers on Wednesday. There’s no reason to believe the three-time all-star won’t be back next season, but the Bulls seem...

Why Chicago Bulls management expects few changes

May 03 2017 | 3:57 pm - When the Chicagon Bulls management team of John Paxson and Gar Forman met with reporters Wednesday, there weren’t many pressing questions. The Bulls are hoping to improve, but the plan is to continue on the current course.

How many of Chicago Bulls’ young players will be back next year?

May 02 2017 | 6:06 am - The Bulls invested in their young players this season and dividends were mostly flat. So what’s next step for these Bulls? Mike McGraw has the roster rundown.

No easy answers for Chicago Bulls in free agency

Apr 30 2017 | 8:21 pm - Whether Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo stay or go, the Chicago Bulls will have an opportunity to improve their roster in free agency this summer. It won’t be easy, though, in the area of spiraling salaries.

Portis reveals he played through unusual foot injury

Apr 29 2017 | 8:41 pm - Several Bulls spoke to reporters Saturday after their end of season interviews with coaches and management. Bobby Portis revealed an unusual injury he tried to keep under wraps late in the season.

Wade on future: ‘I’m not a predictable person’

Apr 29 2017 | 5:06 pm - Wrapping up his first season with the Bulls, Dwyane Wade had a long conversation with reporters Saturday where he talked about his future, along with Fred Hoiberg, Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo.

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