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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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Bulls suffer through another forgettable visit to Portland

Nov 22 2014 | 6:39 pm - The Bulls had another rough visit to Portland on Friday, losing Taj Gibson to a sprained left ankle in a 105-87 loss to the Blazers. But at least it wasn't as bad as last year, when Derrick Rose was lost for the season with a knee injury.

No history-making road win streak for Bulls

Nov 21 2014 | 1:58 am - The Bulls had a chance to start a season 7-0 on the road for the first time in franchise history. But they would have to win at Sacramento, once again without the injured Derrick Rose or Pau Gasol.

Gibson hurt as ailing Bulls again fall

Nov 22 2014 | 12:30 am - There was nothing but more bad news for the Bulls in Portland on Friday. Kirk Hinrich joined Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol on the injured list, then Taj Gibson went down in the thrid quarter with a sprained left ankle. The Bulls started the game with...

What a difference a year makes

Nov 19 2014 | 10:04 pm - Jimmy Butler is the Bulls' top scorer at 21.3 points per game and has improved drastically in most every offensive category. Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has noticed and gave Butler a strong compliment after Monday's loss to the Bulls.

McGraw: Team first always for Bulls

Nov 19 2014 | 5:30 am - The old, play well while shorthanded storyline is nothing new for the Bulls. But they've rarely done it as well as Monday's 105-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center -- or gotten it done with so much talent on the sideline.

Bulls open circus trip with big win

Nov 18 2014 | 12:44 pm - The Bulls got a bit of a surprise when they opened the seven-game circus road trip in Los Angeles on Monday. Not only did Derrick Rose sit out with a hamstring strain, but Pau Gasol was also sidelined by a calf strain against the Clippers. But the...

Gibson insists circus road trip ‘going to be fun’

Nov 16 2014 | 6:34 pm - The Bulls are thinking positive as they depart for the seven-game circus road trip. But the reality is they are still untested as a team, as demonstrated again in Saturday's lackluster loss to Indiana.

McGraw: Perfect on road, Bulls lose again at home

Nov 15 2014 | 11:29 pm - As the Bulls get ready to leave for the seven-game circus road trip, they are following a strange trend -- 5-0 on the road, but 2-3 at the United Center. The latest lackluster effort at home happened Saturday in a 99-90 loss to the shorthanded...

McGraw: Again, no timetable on Rose’s return

Nov 15 2014 | 11:21 pm - The Bulls aren't sure when Derrick Rose will return to action. It could be Monday when the circus trip tips off against the Los Angeles Clippers or it may take longer.

Chemistry getting better between Gasol, Noah

Nov 14 2014 | 7:34 pm - Pau Gasol had his best game as a Bulls on Thursday in Toronto, finshing with 27 points and 11 rebounds. On Friday, he credited the developing chemistry between he and Joakim Noah.

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