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 1996

Lake County male athlete of the year: Libertyville’s Brendan Cook

Jun 08 2018 | 7:12 pm - Libertyville three-sport standout Brendan Cook has been selected as the Daily Herald’s Lake County high school sports male athlete of the year.

Baseball: Lake County all-area team

Jun 07 2018 | 11:24 am - Introducing the Daily Herald’s baseball all-area team for Lake County, featuring players from the North Suburban Conference, the Northern Lake County Conference and Carmel Catholic.

Baseball: Lake County all-area team captain

Jun 07 2018 | 11:24 am - An injury cut short Riley Gowens’ season, but the future remains bright for Libertyville’s Illinois-bound senior right-hander.

DeShields scores 25, Sky rallies past Aces

Jun 03 2018 | 8:19 pm - The Chicago Sky completed a come-from-behind victory over the Las Vegas Aces, 95-90 on Sunday. The Sky, which got a game-high 25 points from Diamond DeShields and improves to 3-3 overall,

Baseball: Delgado times it right in Antioch’s dramatic win

Jun 02 2018 | 9:13 pm - Austin Delgado’s two-out hit drove in the tying and winning runs as Antioch’s baseball team eliminated Prairie Ridge 8-7 in the Class 3A Lake View sectional final Saturday.

Best Sky player of all time? No contest

Jun 01 2018 | 6:26 pm - A question circulating this week about who is the best former UConn star in the WNBA prompted the question: Who is the best Sky player of all time? The answer is pretty obvious.

Softball: Vernon Hills stays ahead, barely, against Antioch

May 29 2018 | 10:03 pm - Vernon Hills scored 4 runs in the top of the seventh inning and managed to hang on for a 14-13 victory against Antioch in the Class 3A Grayslake Central sectional semifinals Tuesday.

Baseball: St. Viator stays calm, eliminates Mundelein

May 26 2018 | 10:02 pm - St. Viator drew from experience in earning a wild 12-11, eight-inning against Class 4A baseball regional host Mundelein on Saturday.

Babcock McGraw: Sky’s Montgomery taking leadership role seriously

May 25 2018 | 6:46 pm - New Chicago Sky guard Alex Montgomery wasn’t always the most talkative one on the court, or in life. But through her years in college and now the WNBA, she has found her voice and takes pride in being a leader for her team.

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.

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