Patricia Babcock McGraw

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Patricia Babcock McGraw grew up playing sports and wanted to stay connected to that world once her playing days were over. While playing basketball at Northwestern in the early 1990s, she majored in journalism at the Medill School of Journalism with the hope of one day writing about sports.

In 1997, she was hired as a sports writer and columnist by the Daily Herald.

Babcock McGraw covers high school sports as well as women's sports for the Daily Herald. Her weekly Women's Watch column, which focuses on college and professional women's sports, is unparalleled in the United States.

In 2002, Babcock McGraw won a Peter Lisagor Award for a series on the 30th anniversary of Title IX. For years, she has been a voter for The Associated Press women's college basketball Top 25 weekly poll, the John Wooden Award for the best player in women's college basketball and the Nancy Lieberman Award for the best point guard in women's college basketball.

Since 2007, she has extended her reach to television as a color analyst for women's college basketball games on the Big Ten Network and for Chicago Sky (WNBA) games on Comcast.

Prior to joining the Daily Herald, Babcock McGraw worked as a sports writer at Pioneer Press in the suburbs and at the Shreveport Times in Louisiana.

A native of Indiana, Babcock McGraw was named Indiana's Miss Basketball as a senior in high school at Culver Academy before earning all-Big Ten academic and athletic accolades at Northwestern.

Babcock McGraw lives in the north suburbs with her husband Mike, who covers the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald, and their two children.

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Baseball: Grayslake Central digs in, tops Grayslake N.

Apr 17 2018 | 9:53 pm - Grayslake Central used its freshly shoveled baseball field to its advantage and put a 4-3 win over Grayslake North on ice, so to speak, by scoring 2 clutch runs in the bottom of the sixth inning Tuesday.

Strong draft class has Chicago Sky’s future looking bright

Apr 13 2018 | 8:05 pm - With another strong draft class, the Chicago Sky could have its best back-to-back draft classes in franchise history.

Baseball: Round Lake’s Cueves takes a winning cue from Cubs’ Rizzo

Apr 14 2018 | 11:26 pm - Round Lake baseball player Angel Cueves has drawn strength from the cancer survival story of Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

Boys volleyball: Lakes thinks small, gets big result

Apr 12 2018 | 10:38 pm - On Wednesday, the Lakes volleyball team played some small ball to get a come-from-behind 23-25, 25-22, 25-13 Northern Lake County Conference win over host Grant.

DePaul’s hard (losing) fight to recruit Notre Dame star Arike Ogunbowale

Apr 06 2018 | 7:19 pm - DePaul tried hard to recruit Arike Ogunbowale. Instead, the 5-foot-8 junior guard went to Notre Dame and twice produced buzzer-beaters in the Final Four.

Boys volleyball: With enthusiastic leadership, Grayslake North prevails

Apr 05 2018 | 10:20 pm - Grayslake North’s boys volleyball team kept its energy high in rolling to a 25-19, 25-21 sweep of Grant in an early season match for both teams Thursday.

Baseball notes: The main theme is fun on Grayslake Central’s spring trip

Apr 05 2018 | 9:03 pm - Grayslake Central’s baseball team had nothing but fun on the 11th straight trip to Florida under coach Troy Whalen.

Boys volleyball: Cook, Libertyville finding winning recipe

Apr 04 2018 | 10:07 pm - Brendan Cook played a big role in helping Libertyville’s boys volleyball team sweep host Warren on Wednesday night 25-23, 25-19.

Boys track: Scouting Lake County

Mar 29 2018 | 4:00 pm - Here’s what to expect from the high school boys track and field teams of Lake County this spring.

Women’s NCAA basketball tourney ready for a Sweet 16 MAC attack

Mar 23 2018 | 4:59 pm - Loyola is the Cinderella story in the men’s NCAA tournament, but the Mid-American Conference has that covered on the women’s side with Buffalo and Central Michigan, both playing in the Sweet 16 on Saturday.

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