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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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Apr 25 2018 | 7:08 pm - After guiding the Loyola Ramblers to their first Final Four appearance in 55 years this season, Porter Moser has signed a contract that will keep him as the men’s basketball coach through the 2025-26 season, school officials announced...

Even with less successful results, criticism of Hoiberg quieted down

Apr 22 2018 | 6:26 pm - A year ago, fans at the United Center chanted “Fire Hoiberg” as the playoff series against Boston ended. After a less successful rebuilding season, criticism of Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg quieted down.

Chicago Bulls’ supporting cast found some success after rough start

Apr 21 2018 | 8:10 pm - The Chicago Bulls’ three main rebuilding blocks showed some promise last season. What about the supporting cast? A couple of former first-round picks finished well after a rough start.

Markkanen excelled at the eye test with smooth stroke, impressive athleticism

Apr 19 2018 | 4:07 pm - Lauri Markkanen’s numbers were pretty good during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls. But the 7-foot Finland native passed the eye test with flying colors by combining his smooth outside shot with impressive athleticism.

Dunn’s quick improvement ranks as best news of Bulls’ rebuilding season

Apr 18 2018 | 6:34 pm - Kris Dunn’s abrupt improvement qualifies as the most promising part of the Bulls’ rebuilding season. The point guard was the catalyst when the Bulls posted a 14-7 record at midseason.

Chicago Bulls guard LaVine knows he still has plenty to prove

Apr 17 2018 | 7:50 pm - An end-of-season series examining the key players in the Chicago Bulls’ rebuild begins with a look at Zach LaVine. His primary goal this season was to get back on the court, and that was accomplished. Now we’ll see how good he can be.

Wherever Bulls pick, Villanova’s Bridges could fill a glaring need

Apr 13 2018 | 5:59 pm - The Bulls won the draft order tiebreaker with Sacramento, but wherever they pick, one player already stands out as a guy who should be at the top of their board.

Mike McGraw previews the first round of the NBA playoffs

Apr 12 2018 | 9:45 pm - Mike McGraw previews the first round of the NBA playoffs, which begin with four games on Saturday.

Paxson provides sunny Chicago Bulls outlook; LaVine believes in himself

Apr 13 2018 | 6:32 am - Chicago Bulls vice president John Paxson shared his sunny outlook Thursday for the team’s rebuild. The previous night, Zach LaVine was realistic about the challenge of building chemistry between the team’s three main rebuilding blocks.

Bulls end season with loss, ready to resume the process of winning

Apr 11 2018 | 10:29 pm - As Lauri Markkanen broke the Bulls’ rookie record for most 3-point baskets in a season, the Bulls didn’t take any chances with losing ground in the race for draft position. They finished the regular season Wednesday with a 119-87 loss...

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