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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Defensive identity — so far — suits Stevenson

Dec 08 2016 | 10:20 pm - Stevenson’s boys basketball team is shaping up to once again be the team to beat in Lake County.

Staying healthy is reward enough for Lakes’ Rohr

Dec 08 2016 | 10:21 pm - Lakes senior Kyle Rohr has had more than his fair share of health challenges already in his prep career, which makes his court time this winter all the more enjoyable.

Extra effort in Wauconda’s win

Dec 07 2016 | 11:07 pm - Wauconda’s boys basketball team forced its third overtime game of the season on Wednesday night against visiting Lakes, eventually claiming a 55-47 win.

Kerr finding the range for Grant

Dec 03 2016 | 10:51 pm - Grant Kerr powered his way to a game- and season-high 26 points to lead Grant’s boys basketball team to a 64-50 win over Grayslake Central.

Babcock McGraw: For DePaul, the challenges keep coming

Dec 02 2016 | 6:39 pm - The DePaul women’s basketball team has had it’s challenges so far, facing several ranked opponents. Next Saturday they host No. 1 Notre Dame at McGrath-Phillios Arena on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus.

Defensive tweak helping Antioch’s ascent

Dec 02 2016 | 11:30 pm - On Friday, Antioch’s half-court trap played a big role in forcing host Grant into 22 turnovers, many of which led to easy baskets for the Sequoits. Antioch cruised to a 64-46 Northern Lake County Conference victory over Grant in girls...

Lake County all-area team

Dec 01 2016 | 9:02 pm - Introducing the Daily Herald’s Lake County all-area football team, featuring players from the North Suburban and Northern Lake County conferences and Carmel Catholic.

Vernon Hills’ Smith extends family’s big-game legacy

Dec 01 2016 | 12:33 pm - Vernon Hills senior middle linebacker Chick Smith led the Cougars to their first state championship game in high school football, and in keeping with family legacy, he captains the Daily Herald’s Lake County all-area team.

Scouting Vernon Hills in the 5A championship

Nov 25 2016 | 6:46 pm - Here’s what to expect from Vernon Hills’ matchup against Peoria in Saturday’s Class 5A football state championship game.

North Lawndale makes most of extra chances against Carmel

Nov 23 2016 | 8:21 pm - North Lawndale forced Carmel Catholic’s boys basketball team into 19 turnovers, many of which led to easy baskets as the Corsairs fell 70-52 on Wednesday at Grant.

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