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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Women’s watch: Runner keeps Chicago Marathon close

Oct 14 2017 | 9:06 pm - From earning a medal to passing out medals, Bank of America executive is inspired by all things Chicago Marathon.

Lake Zurich’s football program celebrates unique bond

Oct 12 2017 | 9:22 pm - Lake Zurich’s football team has more than its fair share of brotherly connections, and that just might be part of the reason for the program’s success this fall.

Football notes: Wauconda welcomes healthy offensive showing

Oct 07 2017 | 9:54 pm - It’s probably not a coincidence that Wauconda’s first win of the football season on Friday night was coupled with its best offensive game of the season.

Babcock McGraw: Newton’s comments forgivable, but women’s general response is not

Oct 06 2017 | 7:07 pm - Cam Newton’s comments to a female reporter this week were disappointing but the comments from other women about the topic were even more so. Why do women have such a tough time supporting other women, in sports and in general?

A matchup that brings out the best in Antioch, Lakes

Oct 05 2017 | 8:56 pm - We set out to have some fun with a couple of players from Antioch and Lakes in anticipation of the matchup between two unbeaten rivals Friday.

Why this year’s WNBA Finals are must-see TV

Sep 29 2017 | 6:47 pm - It will be worth your time to tune into the WNBA Finals between two of the best teams in WNBA history.

Football notes: Lakes gets going right on schedule against Grayslake Central

Sep 30 2017 | 10:17 pm - Unbeaten Lakes finally got off to a crisp start in Thursday’s 41-21 victory over Grayslake Central.

Wearing Stevenson’s green and gold, Njongmeta fits right in

Sep 29 2017 | 4:23 pm - Stevenson’s Maema Njongmeta is still learning the game in which he excels. The junior linebacker who was born in Cameroon is averaging 2 sacks a game.

Football notes: Hot start suits Stevenson

Sep 23 2017 | 8:07 pm - On an unseasonably warm Friday night in which the kick-off temperature was in the upper 80s, nearly every Stevenson player was hot.

Women’s Watch: Women’s sports have made progress

Sep 22 2017 | 6:40 pm - Former tennis great and gender equality advocate Billie Jean King misses the mark by grading the gender equality movement with a “D...or C.” Based on how far women’s sports have come and how many great things are happening right...

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