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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Valentine used brother’s success at Loyola as inspiration for career night

Mar 18 2018 | 6:41 pm - Bulls guard Denzel Valentine credited the Loyola Ramblers for helping inspire his career-high 34-point performance in Saturday’s loss to Cleveland. Valentine’s older brother Drew is a Loyola assistant.

LeBron puts on a good show, spoils Valentine’s career night

Mar 17 2018 | 10:22 pm - Both teams were missing a number of regulars due to injuries on Saturday, but LeBron James put on a good show as the Cavaliers edged the Bulls at the United Center.

Hoiberg hoping to get Bulls’ Big Three together for summer school

Mar 17 2018 | 6:51 pm - The Bulls’ three main rebuilding blocks all sat out with injuries on Saturday. Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen have started together in justy 12 games all season, so finding chemistry may extend into the summer.

Suburban connection highlights Loyola's second-round matchup

Mar 17 2018 | 8:34 am - One matchup in Saturday's second-round NCAA Tournament game between Loyola and Tennessee has a history in the suburbs. Tennessee's Admiral Schofield squared off against Loyola freshman Cameron Krutwig three years ago at Jacobs High School.

Chicago Bulls playing cautious with injuries as season winds down

Mar 16 2018 | 5:53 pm - The Bulls will be short-handed again Saturday when they host Cleveland. Lauri Markkanen will miss his third game with a sore back, Kris Dunn is out with a toe injury and two other players are questionable.

Bulls’ bench extends Grizzlies’ losing streak to 19

Mar 15 2018 | 10:24 pm - Memphis seemed interested in snapping an 18-game losing streak on their home court. But a lineup of subs came through late to give the Bulls a 111-110 victory on Thursday.

Bulls rookie Markkanen not worried about back issues

Mar 14 2018 | 4:32 pm - Lauri Markkanen did not make the Chicago Bulls road trip to Memphis, so on Thursday the rookie forward will miss his second straight game with back spasms. He doesn’t believe the injury is serious, though.

Loyola tries to stay focused on tall task at hand vs. Miami

Mar 14 2018 | 7:17 pm - Loyola has gotten plenty of national attention with its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 33 years. Coach Porter Moser wants the Ramblers to appreciate the moment, but also stay focused on the task at hand.

12 NCAA Tournament stars that Chicago Bulls fans should follow

Mar 14 2018 | 2:12 pm - Mike McGraw offers a list of 12 players in the NCAA Tournament that Chicago Bulls fans should follow with an eye toward the NBA draft this June.

Payne finally makes gains with Chicago Bulls’ second unit

Mar 14 2018 | 4:22 pm - More than a year after joining the Chicago Bulls in a trade from Oklahoma City, point guard Cameron Payne is starting to show some of the skills that made him a first-round pick.

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