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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DePaul representing Illinois well in women’s NCAA Tourney

Mar 16 2018 | 9:21 pm - The DePaul women’s basketball team is the only women’s team from Illinois named to the NCAA Tournament and on Friday they secured their place in the second round with a 90-79 win over No. 12-seed Oklahoma.

Baseball: Lerner brushes up on filling some big shoes at Mundelein

Mar 15 2018 | 1:19 pm - Randy Lerner is eager to meet the challenge of following in the footsteps of Mundelein High School baseball coach Todd Parola, who resigned with 603 wins over 23 season after last spring.

Baseball: Scouting Lake County

Mar 15 2018 | 1:19 pm - Here’s what to expect from the high school baseball teams of Lake County this spring.

Evanston puts an end to Lake Zurich’s playoff run

Mar 13 2018 | 10:40 pm - Lake Zurich concluded the deepest playoff run in the history of its boys basketball program with a 78-52 loss to Evanston in the Class 4A supersectional on Tuesday at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

Could NBA’s Becky Hammon become first female head coach of men’s college basketball team

Mar 10 2018 | 7:10 pm - Colorada State University officials apparently are interested in talking with Becky Hammon, a former WNBA star and assistant coach for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, about the head coaching vacancy for their men’s basketball team.

A real crowd-pleaser for Lake Zurich

Mar 09 2018 | 11:38 pm - Lake Zurich’s boys basketball team topped visiting Barrington 69-60 on Friday to earn the program’s first appearance in a Class 4A supersectional.

North Chicago displays winning bond against Carmel

Mar 07 2018 | 11:39 pm - North Chicago’s boys basketball team has had plenty of off-the-court team bonding lately, and the result on the court was impressive Wednesday as the Warhawks topped Carmel Catholic 73-61 in Class 3A sectional semifinal play.

Lake Zurich rises to the task, sinks Libertyville

Mar 06 2018 | 11:22 pm - Ryan Kutsor and JR Cison, once fans in the stand during sectional play at Lake Zurich, had leading roles this time as the Bears advanced to Friday’s sectional championship by topping Libertyville 54-50 on Tuesday.

Libertyville wins thriller against Conant

Mar 03 2018 | 12:47 am - A 3-pointer by Drew Peterson to end the game yielded a wild and crazy 59-56 overtime comeback victory for Libertyville over Conant in Class 4A regional play Friday.

Why women’s basketball needs more passionate fans

Mar 03 2018 | 12:49 am - What are you passionate about? Women’s basketball needs more passionate fans like the Mississippi State fans who have taken to Twitter to let me know that their team deserves to be ranked No. 2 in the country...instead of No. 3.

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