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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Doug Collins joins Chicago Bulls as senior advisor

Sep 19 2017 | 8:28 pm - Doug Collins got his first NBA coaching job with the Chicago Bulls in 1986. He has been interested in returning to the organization a couple of times since then, but it finally happened Tuesday when the Bulls named Collins a senior advisor.

NFL Network morning host Kyle Brandt has roots in suburbs

Sep 16 2017 | 2:16 pm - Kyle Brandt, a co-host of the NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” show, has suburban roots in Lincolnshire and at Stevenson High School, where he played football.

Jackson followed brother’s footsteps to become one of NU’s greatest runners

Sep 16 2017 | 7:20 am - Not long ago, Justin Jackson was just a typical suburban kid signing up to play football for the Carol Stream Panthers. Now he’s on the verge of becoming Northwestern’s all-time leading rusher.

Henry will take over as head coach of Windy City Bulls

Aug 31 2017 | 11:59 pm - The Windy City Bulls will have a new head coach for their second season in Hoffman Estates. Charlie Henry has taken the job after spending two years on Fred Hoiberg’s NBA coaching staff.

Bulls guard Payne to miss start of season

Aug 30 2017 | 10:25 pm - Bulls guard Cameron Payne will have surgery on his right foot and is expected to be out until late November. Payne missed time with a foot issue early last season before being traded to the Bulls.

Bulls vs.Celtics: Which team is rebuilding?

Aug 23 2017 | 4:24 pm - There have been some surprising changes in the NBA this summer, most recently the trade sending Kyrie Irving to Boston. But did the deal do anything to change the landscape in the Eastern Conference?

Rebuilding Bulls host Thibodeau, Butler, Gibson on Feb. 9

Aug 15 2017 | 10:56 am - The rebuilding Chicago Bulls were limited to one major national television appearance next season on the NBA schedule. That’s on Feb. 9 when Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and the Minnesota Timberwolves visit the United Center.

Minnesota coach Fleck insists nothing he does is an act

Jul 25 2017 | 6:29 pm - Former NIU star P.J. Fleck enjoyed first trip to Big Ten media day as Minnesota head coach. The Sugar Grove native lived up to his reputation as someone with seemingly unlimited energy.

Kendall Gill happy to join Big 3 in time for Sunday’s Chicago stop

Jul 21 2017 | 10:24 am - Kendall Gill is probably the oldest player in the new Big 3 league, featuring 3-on-3 games between former NBA stars. He didn’t mind waiting until midseason to get on a team and is looking forward to Sunday’s stop at the UIC Paviliion.

Rough showing in summer league a sign of what’s in store for Bulls

Jul 15 2017 | 7:09 pm - The Bulls went 2-3 at the Las Vegas summer league and saw some disappointing performances from some veteran players. But there was still some good news to come from summer league.

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