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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Chicago Sky, Red Stars hope to follow Bandits’ playoff success

Sep 30 2016 | 7:15 pm - It was a good summer for the women’s pro teams in Chicago. The Bandits (softball) won the NPF championship and the Sky (basketball) and Red Stars (soocer) have both advanced to their league semifinals.

Stevenson passes up Libertyville

Sep 30 2016 | 11:54 pm - The Marchese brothers had it going on in leading Stevenson to a 27-14 victory over rival Libertyville in North Suburban Conference football action Friday.

Lake Zurich’s split backfield stays united in spirit

Sep 29 2016 | 10:15 pm - Lake Zurich running back Joey Stutzman is dedicating this football season to his fallen teammate and inspiration, Kyle Roth.

Chicago Sky squash Atlanta Dream to advance to semifinals

Sep 25 2016 | 7:17 pm - The Chicago Sky advanced to the semifinals after a strong 108-98 victory over the Atlanta Dream Sunday. The Sky will head to Los Angeles to begin a best-of-five series with the Sparks on Wednesday.

Women’s Watch: The end of the Catchings era

Sep 23 2016 | 10:51 pm - Tears were shed in Indianpolis on Wednesday. It was the end of an era for the Indiana Fever. Former Stevenson star Tamika Catchings played in the last game of her 15-year WNBA career.

Can-do Khan helps Lakes eke one out against Grant

Sep 23 2016 | 11:12 pm - As quarterbacks tend to do, Brandon Khan made plenty of plays with his arm Friday night. The Lakes senior quarterback completed 12-of-22 passes for 247 yards and a touchdown in leading the visiting Eagles to a 14-7 victory over Grant.

Pechauer, Gordy still going strong at Antioch

Sep 22 2016 | 10:21 pm - Del Pechauer and Mike Gordy are approaching 40 years of coaching in Antioch’s football program, and they’re still going strong.

Chicago Sky again pick up slack without Delle Donne

Sep 16 2016 | 11:49 pm - The Chicago Sky did just fine without superstar Elena Delle Donne in Friday’s 92-68 win over the New York Liberty.

Without Delle Donne, Chicago Sky’s playoff hopes look dim

Sep 16 2016 | 8:22 pm - Women’s watch: Without star Elena Delle Donne, the Chicago Sky probably won’t go far in WNBA playoffs, says Patricia Babcock McGraw.

Scouting Lake County, Week 4

Sep 15 2016 | 9:15 pm - Here’s what to expect of the teams from the North Suburban and Northern Lake County conferences along with Carmel Catholic in Week 4 of the high school football season.

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