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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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Chicago Bulls lose track of shooter, lose game to Dallas

Jan 17 2017 | 10:57 pm - The Chicago Bulls couldn’t close a tight game against Dallas on Tuesday. They gave up a wide-open 3-pointer to Wesley Matthews with 11 seconds left, then Dwyane Wade missed at the buzzer as the Bulls lost to Dallas 99-98.

Mirotic returns, but Gibson joins Chicago Bulls’ injured list

Jan 17 2017 | 9:05 pm - Taj Gibson skipped Tuesday’s game against Dallas with soreness in his left ankle. That injury left the Chicago Bulls short-handed even though Nikola Mirotic returned after missing four games with an illness.

Bulls' Jimmy Butler now starring as 'The Closer'

Jan 17 2017 | 5:56 am - On Sunday in Memphis, the Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler continued to demonstrate that he has become one of the best closers in the NBA. He hit two jumpers in the final miute to lift the Bulls past the Grizzlies.

McDermott leads Bulls past Grizzlies

Jan 15 2017 | 11:31 pm - Doug McDermott caught fire at an opportune time. McDermott scored 20 points in the second quarter, lifting the Bulls to the lead and an eventual 108-104 win.

Butler returns, Wade steps up in fourth quarter of Bulls win

Jan 14 2017 | 11:52 pm - Jimmy Butler returned from illness and scored a team-high 28 points, while Dwyane Wade tallied 17 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulls beat New Orleans 107-99.

Bulls will be missing players again Sunday at Memphis

Jan 14 2017 | 9:31 pm - The Bulls will play shorthanded for at least one more game. Dwyane Wade will be given a rest day Sunday at Memphis, the second leg of back-to-back games, while Nikola Mirotic won’t make the trip since he’s still recovering from an...

Will Bulls be able to recreate winning formula when Butler returns?

Jan 13 2017 | 7:23 pm - Illness struck the Bulls at a bad time. They lost all the momentum built with three straight wins to start 2017. Now the question is can they find it again once Jimmy Butler returns.

Bulls can’t muster much effort against slumping Knicks

Jan 12 2017 | 10:39 pm - The shorthanded Bulls offered no surprises against the slumping New York Knicks on Thursday. The Bulls made just 3 of 18 shots from 3-point range and fell meekly 104-89 at Madison Square Garden

Rose, Rondo offer strange week of lost and found point guards

Jan 11 2017 | 7:31 pm - Jimmy Butler and Nikola Mirotic will both be at home in Chicago due to illness when the Bulls face the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Derrick Rose is expected to play after missing a game on Monday to visit home.

Short-handed Bulls nearly pull off big surprise

Jan 10 2017 | 10:23 pm - Despite missing three of their best scorers, the Chicago Bulls built a big lead at Washington on Tuesday and had a chance until the final seconds before losing to the Wizards 101-99 at the Verizon Center.

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