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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Balance a key as Lake Zurich tops Waukegan

Nov 23 2015 | 9:09 pm - Lake Zurich's boys basketball team drained 11 three-pointers and attempted 24 altogether in a come-from-behind, 53-47 victory over Waukegan in the opening game of the Grant Thanksgiving tournament.

Libertyville looking to take final step to state

Nov 20 2015 | 6:35 pm - Libertyville will look to take the final step to a berth in next week's Class 7A state football finals on Saturday when the Wildcats travel to Bradley-Bourbonnais for a 3 p.m. semifinal.

Defending state champ Stevenson expects plenty of competition

Nov 20 2015 | 2:04 pm - Stevenson won itself a Class 4A boys basketball state championship last season, but only one starter returns from that squad.

Stevenson’s Smith flashing big potential

Nov 19 2015 | 8:20 am - Stevenson's Justin Smith doesn't mind the attention that goes with being the lone key returner from last year's state championship team.

Lees, Libertyville sprint past Normal

Nov 14 2015 | 9:24 pm - Quarterback Riley Lees scored on touchdown runs of 80, 41 and 75 yards in the second half to help third-seeded Libertyville pull out a 41-27 Class 7A quarterfinal victory over No. 6 Normal Community.

Business as usual, as Libertyville hosts Normal Community

Nov 12 2015 | 11:38 pm - Libertyville plays in its third straight home football playoff game at 1 p.m. Saturday, as the Wildcats host a high-scoring Normal Community team in the Class 7A quarterfinals.

Western Illinois knew Carmel’s Duff had the right stuff

Nov 12 2015 | 9:06 pm - Carmel Catholic senior guard CJ Duff liked what he saw at Western Illinois, and the feeling was mutual. Duff signed his national letter of intent Wednesday to join Western next school year.

UConn opens women’s hoops season in a familiar place

Nov 07 2015 | 3:09 am - The college basketball season will be getting underway next week and guess who sits atop the women's preseason AP national Top 25 poll. Your first two guesses don't count. That's right, it's Connecticut, the three-time defending national champion.

Libertyville quickly moves on to quarterfinals

Nov 07 2015 | 10:33 pm - On Saturday in a 27-17 second-round Class 7A football playoff win over visiting Lincoln-Way East, Libertyville scored its first 3 touchdowns in 13 seconds, 1:28, and 2:04, respectively. The third-seeded Wildcats (11-0) will host No. 6 Normal...

Naperville Central leaps past Warren

Nov 08 2015 | 12:21 am - Emmanuel Rugamba put his vertical jump on full display Friday night in Naperville Central’s 49-28 Class 8A second-round playoff victory over Warren in Gurnee.

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