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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Baseball: Wauconda edges Stevenson in NSC title game

May 19 2016 | 10:27 pm - Wauconda’s baseball team came up with a big double play to end a 2-1 victory over Stevenson in Thursday’s North Suburban Conference title game hosted by the Bulldogs.

Fowles’ return spoils Delle Donne’s debut for Sky

May 18 2016 | 4:55 pm - The Chicago Sky get schooled on “School Day” by the reigning WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, 97-80, despite Sky star Elena Delle Donne’s season debut.

Baseball: Eventually, Lake Forest defeats Libertyville

May 17 2016 | 10:19 pm - Lake Forest’s baseball team somehow overcame a 5-run deficit after 2 innings and rallied to get a 6-5 victory over host Libertyville on Tuesday.

Sky open season with victory over Sun

May 14 2016 | 10:36 pm - The Chicago Sky started the season off on the right foot with a 93-70 home win over the Connecticut Sun at the Allstate Arena Saturday night.

Baseball: Shepley’s sharp as Grayslake Central blanks North

May 13 2016 | 10:39 pm - Justin Shepley tossed a complete-game 6-hitter as Grayslake Central’s baseball team edged Grayslake North 2-0 on Friday.

Chicago Sky rookie Boyette an open book

May 13 2016 | 6:44 pm - Imani Boyette, the Chicago Sky’s 6-foot-7 rookie center, is a refreshing open book in discussing her turbulent relationship with her mother Pamela McGee, a former WNBA star, and her struggles with mental illness.

Football: Injury may end up defining Grayslake North’s Gentile — in a good way

May 12 2016 | 9:31 pm - Grayslake North senior Merrick Gentile was ready to begin a big senior year in football and baseball when a knee injury drastically changed everything. The resulting time spent rehabbing, however, has helped him chart a promising career course.

Boys volleyball: Chen/Mitra buddy system beginning to benefit Stevenson

May 10 2016 | 9:05 pm - Sophomore hitter Leo Chen and junior setter Arnav Mitra have formed an effective tandem for Stevenson’s boys volleyball team this spring.

Abbott’s $1 million offer from Houston too rich for Chicago Bandits

May 06 2016 | 5:29 pm - The Chicago Bandits had one stolen right from under their noses. The NPF expansion team in Houston made former Bandits star pitcher Monica Abbott the first million-dollar athlete in U.S. women’s team sports by signing her to a six-year, $1...

Boys volleyball: Flatley, Howe revel in a winning senior moment at Antioch

May 05 2016 | 10:24 pm - Ian Flatley and Tommy Howe played key roles on senior night as Antioch’s boys volleyball team topped Mundelein in three sets.

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