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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The numbers add up firmly in Grant’s favor

Jan 23 2018 | 9:48 pm - The numbers on Tuesday night were in Grant’s favor, starting with the number of players on Round Lake’s bench. Grant put up all kinds of numbers in its 84-40 Northern Lake County Conference victory against an injury-plagued Round Lake...

This win’s a special occasion for Grant

Jan 22 2018 | 10:19 pm - Grant’s girls basketball team cruised to a 53-40 victory over Marian Central Catholic on Monday, in stark contrast to a one-sided loss to the same team over the holidays.

Special setting for a special Stevenson win

Jan 20 2018 | 11:18 pm - Stevenson’s boys basketball team got out to a big lead and held off a surging Waukegan team with a late 3-pointer by Matthew Ambrose to get a 54-52 North Suburban Conference victory Saturday at Waukegan.

As disturbing details of USA Gymnastics cases emerge, what can be done to protect our kids?

Jan 19 2018 | 11:45 pm - Details of the USA Gymnastics sexual abuse cases continue to emerge and continue to be disturbing. What more can we do to protect our kids?

With Huff, Grant’s ‘D’ is tough enough

Jan 19 2018 | 11:25 pm - On Friday, Mike Huff, playing in his third game back from suspension, led Grant to a 56-42 Northern Lake County Conference over host Wauconda.

Defense brings out the beast in Warren standout Ellis

Jan 18 2018 | 9:51 pm - Warren senior guard Branden Ellis is making his mark through a relentless commitment to defense, along with an interesting assortment of pets.

Cison’s shot lifts Lake Zurich past Geneva for MLK title

Jan 15 2018 | 10:33 pm - JR Cison came up with the play of Lake Zurich’s Martin Luther King tournament when he floated in a runner down the middle of the lane as time expired to give the host Bears a dramatic 62-60 win over Geneva in the championship game Monday.

Babcock McGraw: DePaul’s Campbell has the triple-double fever

Jan 14 2018 | 6:01 pm - DePaul’s Kelly Campbell, left, notched the first triple-double of her career agaisnt Seton Hall in December. Two days later, she was one assist shy of her second. Now, getting another one is all she can think about.

Geneva shoots past Carmel

Jan 13 2018 | 6:30 pm - Geneva’s boys basketball team defeated Carmel 64-46 and Woodstock 73-26 Saturday at Lake Zurich’s Martin Luther King Classic.

Sports diversity is a plus for Pitcher, Lake Zurich

Jan 11 2018 | 9:19 pm - Lake Zurich boys basketball coach Billy Pitcher says there’s always a spot for multi-sport athletes in his program.

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