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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Chicago Sky feeling queasy after loss to Sun

Aug 30 2015 | 11:16 pm - The Chicago Sky misses a golden opportunity to make up ground in the Eastern Conference against first-place New York. The Sky wastes a 12-point, third-quarter lead on Sunday at Allstate Arena and eventually falls 72-68 to the Connecticut Sun, one of...

Bandits’ Williams contemplating moving on

Aug 30 2015 | 7:41 pm - Former Northwestern star shortstop Tammy Williams led the Chicago Bandits to the NPF championship earlier this month. Now, she's trying to decide if she should ride off into the sunset on top.

Feel-good win for Grayslake North

Aug 29 2015 | 12:20 am - Underdog Grayslake North - underdogs because they were missing Merrick Gentile, one of the best quarterbacks in Lake County - was in a jovial, singing-kind-of-mood because they had just beaten rival Lakes on its own field, 31-26.

Football: McNamara name again prominent in Lake County

Aug 27 2015 | 9:36 am - The McNamaras are back for a curtain call: Coach Bill McNamara led Stevenson to the Class 8A state title in 2014 while son Connor, now a senior at Vernon Hills, was one of the best quarterbacks in Lake County last season. What can they do this fall,...

It feels like a special season for Antioch football

Aug 26 2015 | 3:15 pm - The vibes are all good at Antioch. “When you’ve been coaching long enough, you kind of get a vibe or a feeling about where your team is (this time of year),” Antioch coach Brian Glashagel said. “There are some years where...

Last-second jumpshot saves the Chicago Sky

Aug 21 2015 | 11:17 pm - Sky gets dramatic 87-85 come-from-behind win over Washington with a Quigley 3-pionter in final seconds.

Coach comes home to Round Lake football

Aug 26 2015 | 3:14 pm - he hometown boy has come home to do his old team and school proud.
Cristo Garza, who played football at Round Lake in the mid-1990s, is the school’s new head coach.

Vernon Hills Cougars hitting fast forward

Aug 26 2015 | 3:14 pm - Fast might not be fast enough for Vernon Hills this season.
The Cougars, in their up-tempo, no-huddle, pass-happy offense, averaged 60 plays and more than 32 points per game last season. They’re committed to pushing the pace even more.

Experience, skill could make for winning mix at Wauconda

Aug 26 2015 | 5:20 pm - The numbers are looking good at Wauconda. Not only are the Bulldogs up about 10 players on the varsity from last year, they’ve also got plenty of returning starters back in the fold.

Lakes Eagles plans to carry on championship tradition

Aug 26 2015 | 5:38 pm - It’s been about 10 years since Lakes High School first opened its doors. But that’s been more than enough time for the football team to establish quite an enviable tradition. The Eagles have won the last four North Suburban...

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