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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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Calm, collected Thorson ready to go for Northwestern

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Crystal Lake Central runs past Grant

Aug 28 2015 | 11:21 pm - The Crystal Lake Central Tigers didn't complete a pass, but they rolled up 415 yards on the ground against the Grant Bulldogs for a 41-12 nonconference football road victory Friday.

Bulls’ Rose ‘confident’ he’ll be proven innocent of rape accusation

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Aug 24 2015 | 7:39 pm - Cubs starter Jon Lester held his own in an elite pitchers' duel on Monday at Wrigley Field, but still finished with a few regrets.

Another wild ride for Cubs ends with Bryant's walk-off homer

Aug 25 2015 | 5:51 am - A day that started with the news Jorge Soler and Jason Motte were going on the disabled list ended with Kris Bryant hitting a walk-off home run to beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1.

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Aug 17 2015 | 11:20 pm - The Bulls released their preseason schedule and announced plans to bring back a three-time NBA champion to serve as a team ambassador.

Bulls schedule released; LeBron’s up first

Aug 12 2015 | 6:13 pm - The Bulls will ring in the new NBA season on Tuesday, Oct. 27 by hosting LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at the United Center.

Chicago Bulls’ Gasol: In the end, defense makes a difference

Jul 30 2015 | 5:22 pm - As he prepares to play in the first NBA Africa Game on Saturday, Pau Gasol talked about several Bulls topics, including what he expects from new coach Fred Hoiberg.

Bulls lose late lead, fall to Nets in summer league play

Jul 14 2015 | 6:38 pm - Doug McDermott scored 19 points, but the Bulls squandered a late lead and lost to Brooklyn 87-86 on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Now signed, Butler talks state of the Bulls

Jul 09 2015 | 5:56 pm - Jimmy Butler signing his new contract with the Bulls wasn't breaking news. But it gave him a chance to address some of the summer's relevant topics on Thursday.

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