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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Babcock McGraw: Heartening to see hard work of WNBA’s big girls get rewarded

Jul 14 2017 | 6:29 pm - So far, it’s been the year of the big in the WNBA, and this former big girl is loving it. Bigs do the dirty work, like push people around in the lane, fight for position, and get rebounds and tough baskets with contact. Dirty work...

Former DePaul players come up big in Sky win over Dallas

Jul 12 2017 | 7:12 pm - Two former DePaul players, Allie Quigley and Keisha Hampton, came up big in leading the Sky to its second straight victory. Behind a game-high 22 points from Quigley and a season-high 12 points from Hampton off the bench, the Sky edged the Dallas...

Sky surprises home crowd with win over Lynx

Jul 08 2017 | 10:37 pm - With expectations flipped, the Sky put together the most pleasant of surprises for the home crowd at Allstate Arena, running over the Lynx with tough defense and a pedal-to-the-metal transition game that yielded a 100-76 victory.

Women’s watch: Time is now for Sky to dig deep

Jul 07 2017 | 8:32 pm - The Chicago Sky is nearly halfway through its 34-game schedule. At 3-12, there is plenty of room for improvement. The time is now to dig deep

Turnovers the difference as Indiana beats Sky again

Jun 28 2017 | 3:58 pm - Costly turnovers in crunchtime sent the Chicago Sky down a familiar path as the Indiana Fever escaped Allstate Arena with an 82-75 win on Wednesday afternoon.

Chicago Sky blown out by Mystics

Jun 25 2017 | 9:35 pm - The Chicago Sky got manhandled by a red-hot Washington Mystics offense, including former Sky star Elena Delle Donne, is a 97-63 loss Sunday.

Babcock McGraw: Wonder around Taurasi goes far beyond scoring record

Jun 23 2017 | 7:11 pm - What makes Diana Taurasi the best player in WNBA history goes way beyond the numbers, way beyond her crafty moves to the basket, her dangerous 3-point shooting, and her pretty passing.

Sky let lead slip away against Fever

Jun 18 2017 | 9:41 pm - In her return to Allstate Arena, former Chicago Sky coach Pokey Chatman and her new team the Indiana Fever got the better of the Sky, 91-79.

NBA pilot program helping Niemiera make the right call

Jun 17 2017 | 5:33 pm - Thanks to a pilot program by the NBA, 26-year-old Lauren Niemiera is on a fast track to becoming one of the most successful young female basketball officials in the country. She talks about her journey with Patricia Babcock McGraw.

Mundelein pitcher Murphy drafted by Milwaukee Brewers

Jun 14 2017 | 7:31 pm - Brendan Murphy, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound hard-throwing left-hander who just finished up his high school career at Mundelein, was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth round of Tuesday’s MLB draft.

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