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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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...

Warren’s wonder kids quickly grow into lead roles

Sep 21 2017 | 8:15 pm - Seven sophomores, four of them starters, have played a big role in Warren’s 3-1 start to the football season.

Football notes: Message received, as Grayslake North bounces back

Sep 16 2017 | 10:50 pm - Grayslake North’s football team heeded coach Sam Baker’s guidance in producing a 28-7 victory over previously unbeaten North Chicago.

Babcock McGraw: U.S. Open champ Stephens had no easy road

Sep 15 2017 | 6:32 pm - Much respect: From a major injury and surgery to a major title in just nine months, U.S. Open women’s tennis champion Sloane Stephens is a bright star and a light of inspiration

Clearly, football and Grayslake Central’s Paul are a fine fit

Sep 14 2017 | 9:09 pm - Grayslake Central junior Nick Paul made the transition from receiver to quarterback without a hitch. It turns out football has helped him thrive away from the field as well.

Football notes: Round Lake, Carmel look for improvement

Sep 09 2017 | 9:28 pm - Round Lake’s football team suffered its first loss Friday against North Chicago, and Carmel Catholic is hoping for better health after a Week 3 loss to Marist.

Babcock-McGraw: Patience finally paying off for Fowles

Sep 08 2017 | 6:36 pm - It’s about time: Former Sky star center Sylvia Fowles finally getting her due with WNBA’s top awards...and American women’s tennis relevant again.

Women’s watch: No playoff run for Sky, but teamwork showed

Sep 03 2017 | 9:34 pm - While the Chicago Sky lost 85-80 to Seattle and don’t get a playoff run, the players look back on a season of teamwork and friendships.

Muskegon gets some distance on Stevenson

Sep 02 2017 | 11:04 pm - Muskegon, the winningest high school football program in the state of Michigan with 821 victories, made the most of its trip to Stevenson on Saturday with a 28-7 victory.

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