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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Familiar playoff foes for Northern Lake teams

Oct 22 2016 | 11:02 pm - The good news for the brand new Northern Lake County Conference is that it is very well-represented in the 2016 IHSA football state playoffs. The bad news is, they’re all playing each other. So after next weekend, only 2 of the...

Disappointing officiating taints otherwise spectacular WNBA Finals

Oct 22 2016 | 12:16 am - A perfectly exciting Game 5 of the WNBA Finals is tainted by a sub-par lack of officiating that allowed a pivotal shot in the final moments to count that shouldn’t have. This league doesn’t need to give the haters any more ammunition.

Antioch completes unbeaten run

Oct 21 2016 | 11:35 pm - Antioch came up with a 25-20 victory over Grayslake North in what essentially was the first championship game of the new Northern Lake County Conference.

Barnes continues his impressive climb at Carmel

Oct 20 2016 | 10:13 pm - Training to be effective — on both sides of the ball — has helped Zaire Barnes play a key role as Carmel Catholic’s football team continues to build momentum.

Hungry for more, Wauconda gobbles up a ‘W’

Oct 15 2016 | 1:16 am - The Wauconda defense brought its A-game Friday night in leading the way to a 22-0 Northern Lake County Conference drubbing of visiting Grant.

Women’s Watch: Leading DePaul scorer keeps shining

Oct 14 2016 | 7:45 pm - Abby Reed transferred to DePaul as a sophomore and made herself right at home with the soccer team. She was the team’s leading scorer that year in guiding the Blue Demons to a Big East regular season and tournament title. The reigning...

With Szmyt, Vernon Hills has a leg up on the competition

Oct 13 2016 | 10:10 pm - Andre Szmyt, a converted soccer player, is giving Vernon Hills’ football team a leg up on the competition this fall.

Oladunmoye, Grayslake North return to form

Oct 08 2016 | 8:58 pm - Dami Oladunmoye, who was one of the top rushers in Lake County last season, returned from injury to rush for 2 touchdowns and 91 yards against Grant in leading the Knights to a breezy 35-7 Northern Lake County Conference win.

Women’s Watch: What the Sky should look for in offseason

Oct 08 2016 | 7:17 pm - There’s already change in the air with the Chicago Sky, which was eliminated from the WNBA playoffs just a few days ago. Longtime assistant coach Christie Sides just took a job at Northwestern. What else should the Sky change up before next...

Wow: Worwa’s boot lifts Stevenson

Oct 07 2016 | 11:42 pm - Stevenson’s Jack Worwa lined himself up and calmly drilled the field goal for a 17-14 football win Friday at Lake Zurich before being mobbed by teammates.

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