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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Connolly cooperation sure to benefit Grayslake North

Nov 16 2017 | 1:46 pm - Senior James Connolly and younger brother Ryan bring their unique bond to a Grayslake North boys basketball team with high hopes for this season.

Boys basketball: Scouting the North Suburban Conference

Nov 16 2017 | 1:44 pm - Here’s what to expect from the high school boys basketball teams of the North Suburban Conference this season.

Scouting the Northern Lake County Conference

Nov 16 2017 | 1:44 pm - Here’s what to expect from the high school boys basketball teams of the Northern Lake County Conference this season.

Scouting Vernon Hills

Nov 16 2017 | 1:44 pm - Here’s what to expect from the Vernon Hills boys basketball team this season.

Scouting Carmel Catholic

Nov 16 2017 | 1:44 pm - Here’s what to expect from the Carmel Catholic boys basketball team this season.

Scouting the Class 7A semifinal: Mt. Carmel at Lake Zurich

Nov 16 2017 | 7:40 pm - Previewing the Class 7A state football semifinal between Lake Zurich and Mt. Carmel.

Stutzman, Lake Zurich keep measuring up

Nov 11 2017 | 10:36 pm - Lake Zurich got 3 touchdowns from senior running back Joey Stutzman in claiming a 49-17 victory against host St. Rita in the Class 7A football quarterfinals on Saturday.

New USA Gymnastics president needs to clean house

Nov 10 2017 | 6:26 pm - USA Gymnastics is unraveling with more accusations of sexual assault and misconduct. The new president of the federation, who takes over next month, needs to clean house.

Mertens, Lake Zurich hope for sweet return to St. Rita

Nov 10 2017 | 9:30 pm - Lake Zurich football coach Luke Mertens has some sweet memories of growing up near St. Rita, the site of Saturday’s Class 7A football quarterfinal matchup at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Class 7A quarterfinal: Scouting Lake Zurich at St. Rita

Nov 09 2017 | 5:27 pm - Previewing Saturday’s Class 7A state quarterfinal football playoff game between Lake Zurich and St. Rita.

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