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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Crews, Grayslake Central spurt past Vernon Hills

Dec 12 2017 | 10:41 pm - Tony Crews pumped in a career- and game-high 25 points, doing most of the damage from outside of his comfort zone, to lead Grayslake Central’s boys basketball team to a 58-49 nonconference victory against Vernon Hills.

Coleman crew has North Chicago cooking

Dec 09 2017 | 11:10 pm - Pierce Coleman had a game-high 23 points, pleasing his coach and uncle, Gerald Coleman, in a 79-66 victory for North Chicago’s boys basketball team on Saturday at Wauconda.

Lake Zurich enjoys winning reversal vs. Zion-Benton

Dec 08 2017 | 11:35 pm - Lake Zurich’s boys basketball team was balanced and shot the ball well and knocked down free throws in the closing moments to hold off Zion-Benton in a 67-61 NSC win.

Top-ranked UConn will help DePaul women break in new arena Friday night

Dec 07 2017 | 7:18 pm - The No. 1-ranked Connecticut Huskies will be in Chicago on Friday to help the DePaul women’s basketball team officially break in brand new Wintrust Arena in the South Loop.

It was worth the wait for Carmel’s Williams-Gray

Dec 07 2017 | 9:09 pm - Carmel Catholic junior Damone Williams-Gray had a frustrating sophomore year, as his transfer forced him to the sidelines for an entire school year. That experience maybe be helping him thrive now, though.

Huff’s too tough as Grant gets past Antioch

Dec 06 2017 | 10:25 pm - Grant’s Michael Huff went off for 13 first-quarter points en route to a game- and career-high 29 points in leading Grant to a breezy 76-52 Northern Lake County Conference boys basketball victory over Antioch.

Babcock McGraw: Will the #MeToo movement affect college coaches?

Dec 04 2017 | 12:21 pm - Will the #MeToo movement reach the world of college sports? There are many male coaches in power positions in women’s sports. Patricia Babcock McGraw explores the issues.

Details-focused Lewandowski elevated Lake Zurich

Nov 30 2017 | 2:20 pm - Evan Lewandowski's relentless preparation helped fuel Lake Zurich's run to the Class 7A state championship game and distinguished him as the Daily Herald's Lake County football all-area team captain.

Lake County all-area team

Nov 30 2017 | 2:24 pm - Introducing the Daily Herald's football all-area team for Lake County, featuring players from the North Suburban, Northern Lake County and East Suburban Catholic conferences.

Williams-Gray’s colorful effort powers Carmel

Nov 25 2017 | 11:04 pm - It’s safe to say that Damone Williams-Gray has his basketball legs back. The Carmel junior forward poured in a career- and game-high 29 points to lead the Corsairs to a decisive 67-52 victory over Grant on Saturday night in the final game of...

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