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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Mertens, Lake Zurich finding their comfort zone

Aug 18 2017 | 2:00 pm - Coach Luke Mertens and his Lake Zurich football team are eager to get a new era started for the program this fall.

Youth makes its mark with talent at Warren

Aug 18 2017 | 2:24 pm - Warren’s football team plans to start six sophomores, but coach Bryan McNulty is far from calling this a rebuilding year.

The message at Mundelein is unity

Aug 18 2017 | 2:17 pm - Coach Larry Calhoun and the Mundelein football program are putting a priority on team bonding this season.

Vernon Hills isn’t satisfied yet

Aug 18 2017 | 2:07 pm - After finishing as the state runner-up in Class 5A last season, Vernon Hills’ football team believes anything is possible and would like to finish the job and make that last step to a state title.

Stevenson eager to make its point

Aug 18 2017 | 1:48 pm - A single point. That’s what ended Stevenson’s special season in 2016, as the Patriots’ hopes for a long playoff run were dashed by Huntley, which sent them home with a 21-20 loss in the first round. First-year coach Josh Hjorth...

This year, Libertyville’s looking for the edge

Aug 18 2017 | 1:54 pm - Libertyville’s football team finished with a 5-5 record last fall, just one year after getting to the Class 7A state championship game. But coach Mike Jones says that 5-5 mark was a bit deceiving and his players are out to show it this season.

Carmel’s switch merits a good look

Aug 18 2017 | 2:13 pm - Carmel, which finished 5-5 last football season, is going to be transitioning from its well-recognized run-heavy option offense that has been in place for nearly two decades to a more pass-friendly spread offense.

Sky point guard Vandersloot rising to the top

Aug 12 2017 | 4:50 pm - Chicago Sky veteran Courtney Vandersloot has become the WNBA’s premier point guard. She has been a passing and scoring machine lately, and suddenly the Sky is in the thick of the WNBA playoff race.

Sky outshines Stars for third straight win

Aug 10 2017 | 10:15 pm - The Sky dominated the San Antonio Stars 94-74 for its third straight win, which was keyed by unselfish basketball and assists on 28 of its 38 made baskets.

For starters, Lake Zurich's practicing transparency

Aug 08 2017 | 6:14 am - Usually, the first official day of football practice is all about looking forward. But at Lake Zurich, the past will likely be on the radar for awhile, if not all season. The current Bears are trying their best to move forward from the bullying,...

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