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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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Fowles: Playoff series win well worth the wait

Aug 29 2014 | 7:19 pm - After a long road and a long wait, Chicago Sky veteran center Sylvia Fowles is finally making a playoff run.The Sky opens the Eastern Conference Finals tonight in Indianapolis against the Fever, led by veteran Tamika Catchings.

Mercure helps Lakes heat up

Aug 30 2014 | 1:56 am - Lakes started hot and stayed hot — even after a 1-hour, 15-minute lightnight delay in its football season opener Saturday night. Lakes junior quarterback Jordan Mercure had a lot to with the outcome, as he finished 16-for-20 passing for 195...

Green, Reams extend the wideout megatrend

Aug 28 2014 | 8:21 pm - Longtime friends Caleb Reams of Warren and Cameron Green of Stevenson are two of the best receivers in the suburbs. Their high school rivalry will continue in college as Reams has committed to Illinois and Green has committed to Northwestern.

Warren maintains winning outlook with McNulty

Aug 26 2014 | 3:24 am - The last time that Bryan McNulty was coaching a game, he was busy winning a state title. McNulty led the Warren softball team to the Class 4A state championship in June. He’s hoping the lessons he learned on that ride will help in his new...

Numerous reasons for a confident Mundelein

Aug 26 2014 | 3:20 am - It’s Year 3 of George Kaider’s tenure at Mundelein, and he believes the third time will be the charm.

New cast as Lake Zurich gets busy

Aug 26 2014 | 9:10 pm - Lake Zurich lost the bulk of its players from last year, but the Bears still have high hopes this fall.

Sky can’t close out Dream at home

Aug 24 2014 | 11:27 pm - Pouring in a game-high 39 points, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry relentlessly willed her team to a 92-83 victory that ties the three-game playoff series at 1-1. The Chicago Sky won the series opener Friday in Atlanta, which is where the closer will be...

Motivated Stevenson could be even better

Aug 27 2014 | 12:17 am - So just how close was Stevenson to playing in the Class 8A state championship game last fall? “Inches…and minutes,” Stevenson coach Bill McNamara said. The Patriots lost in the final moments of the semifinals to Loyola, 15-14.

Libertyville’s numbers are way up

Aug 23 2014 | 8:35 am - Injuries and a small senior class gave Libertyville a numbers problem last year. The Wildcats’ lack of depth was a big reason they could muster just a 4-5 record. “We had 46, 48 guys on varsity last year and we fought that all...

Grayslake North will have ability to score again

Aug 22 2014 | 10:04 pm - Back during its first season of varsity football in the fall of 2006, Grayslake North scored a total of 49 points over nine games. Shortly after that, the Knights revamped their entire offense and put an emphasis on a high-flying, up-tempo,...

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