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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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Nov 21 2014 | 11:34 pm - Previewing the Class 8A state semifinals: No. 1 Stevenson at No. 2 Glenbard West

Cashaw grows into leading role at Stevenson

Nov 20 2014 | 9:17 am - Stevenson guard Connor Cashaw isn't just Robin to Jalen Brunson's Batman. Cashaw is a Division I star, too, and will play at Rice next year. In the meantime, he and Brunson will try to guide Stevenson to its third straight state finals and its first...

Boys basketball: Scouting Grayslake Central

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Boys basketball: Scouting Grayslake North

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Boys basketball: Scouting Carmel

Nov 20 2014 | 9:17 am - Here's what to expect from Carmel Catholic's boys basketball team this season.

Boys basketball: Scouting the NSC Prairie

Nov 20 2014 | 9:35 am - Here's what to expect from the boys basketball teams of the North Suburban Prairie this season.

Boys basketball: Scouting the NSC Lake

Nov 20 2014 | 9:34 am - Here's what to expect from the boys basketball teams of the North Suburban Lake this season.

DePaul soccer continues its historic run

Nov 15 2014 | 1:19 pm - Basketball season is here, but alas, there are still fall sports to play and the DePaul soccer team and the Illinois volleyball team are representing Illinois well.

Stevenson turns up the ‘D’

Nov 15 2014 | 10:34 pm - It’s easy to get swept up in Stevenson’s offense. The high-scoring, pass-happy Patriots are fun to watch and feature some of the best athletes in Lake County, including two future Northwestern Wildcats. Wide receiver Cameron Green will...

Football: Quarterfinal scouting, Lake County

Nov 14 2014 | 7:20 pm - Stevenson hosts New Trier, while Libertyville hits the road for a neutral site game against Fenwick in the quarterfinal round of the football state playoffs on Saturday.

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