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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items 1-10 out of 1987

Boys track and field: Halverson, one more time, has high hopes

May 24 2018 | 7:13 pm - Grant senior Henry Halverson is hoping for a royally satisfying conclusion to his pursuit of a state high jump medal this weekend in Charleston.

Baseball: Stevenson starts winning trend against Fremd

May 24 2018 | 9:37 pm - Stevenson’s baseball team scored 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, then retired Fremd in order in the top of the seventh to pull out a 9-6 victory in Class 4A regional semifinal play on Thursday at Libertyville.

Sky defense breaks down in loss to Atlanta

May 23 2018 | 7:01 pm - The Atlanta Dream broke down the Chicago Sky’s defense and won 81-63 at Wintrust Arena on Wednesday afternoon.

Boys volleyball: Smart playoff start from Chen, Stevenson

May 22 2018 | 10:00 pm - Stevenson’s boys volleyball team got a big performance from senior outside hitter Leo Chen in a two-set playoff win against Grayslake North on Tuesday.

Quigley leads team effort as Chicago Sky down Liberty

May 20 2018 | 9:22 pm - The Chicago Sky used a deep rotation of 10 players to outlast the New York Liberty 80-76 in Sunday’s home opener.

As season opens, Chicago Sky will lean on its depth

May 18 2018 | 7:22 pm - The Chicago Sky starts a new season today in Indianapolis and returns to Chciago on Sunday for its home opener. It’s a young team, but depth could be the Sky’s biggest strength

The forecast again includes baseball for Wauconda’s Gibis

May 17 2018 | 9:41 pm - Wauconda’s Pierson Gibis battled with everything he had, and eventually came out ahead of cancer — with a future in the sport he loves, baseball.

Baseball: Hanscom has command as Mundelein prevails

May 16 2018 | 10:37 pm - Jonathan Hanscom threw 93 pitches over seven full innings to lead Mundelein to a 4-1 victory over visiting Lake Zurich in North Suburban Conference baseball action.

Babcock McGraw: Support for Hammon shows progress

May 11 2018 | 7:25 pm - NBA players are starting to speak out in favor of former WNBA star Becky Hammon becoming an NBA coach, the first woman coach in league history. Former Bulls forward Pau Gasol even wrote an editorial in The Players’ Tribune in strong support...

Boys volleyball: Stevens guns it as Libertyville rolls

May 09 2018 | 9:41 pm - Jack Stevens served 8 aces to spark Libertyville’s boys volleyball team in a two-set victory Wednesday at Lake Zurich.

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