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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Boys volleyball: Lake Zurich warms to the task, defeats Grant

Apr 29 2016 | 9:57 pm - Lake Zurich’s impressive performance against Grant in boys volleyball on Friday started in warm-ups.

Babcock McGraw: Too much drama in women’s basketball

Apr 29 2016 | 6:46 pm - What is going on in women’s basketball? Drama everywhere — from college coaches under fire for the mistreatment of players to Naperville native and WNBA superstar Candace Parker being snubbed from the U.S. women’s Olympic team.

Girls soccer: Antioch’s Coleman having fun keeping the focus on high school

Apr 28 2016 | 10:13 pm - Antioch girls soccer standout Courtney Coleman is having nothing but fun as she chases a single-season scoring record this spring.

Women’s sport conference takes over Chicago

Apr 22 2016 | 6:50 pm - Women’s sports took center stage Wednesday in Chicago at espnW’s inaugrual “Women + Sports Chicago” event.

Boys volleyball: Healthy outlook despite rough circumstances for Stevenson

Apr 21 2016 | 9:39 pm - The Stevenson boys volleyball team has faced one setback after another this season with injury and illness, including serious injuries to its top players: Grant Maleski and Justin Leonard. The Patriots are slowly but surely getting healthy and are...

Boys volleyball: Bauer, Warren flatten Stevenson

Apr 19 2016 | 9:33 pm - Warren’s boys volleyball team came up with a big defensive effort to top Stevenson 27-25, 25-21 on Tuesday in a North Suburban Lake matchup.

Elk Grove’s Naughton at home with Chicago Red Stars

Apr 15 2016 | 11:55 pm - Katie Naughton, a four-year starter on the Notre Dame women’s soccer team, is back home. The Elk Grove native was the first pick of the Chicago Red Stars in the 2016 NWSL draft.

Baseball: Grayslake Central’s Nozicka gets noticed, for the right reasons

Apr 14 2016 | 7:34 pm - Grayslake Central’s Sam Nozicka has been a fixture as a varsity catcher for four seasons now, so it’s not surprising he’ll be extending his baseball career in college.

Summitt scandal only bad for Tyler, not his mom

Apr 11 2016 | 12:00 pm - The scandal that cost Tyler Summitt his coaching job at Louisiana Tech is bad. But only bad for Tyler. It’s not bad for his mom, the legendary Pat Summitt, former head women’s basketball coach at Tennessee. Those who suggest that Tyler...

Boys volleyball: Sweet victory as Antioch edges Grayslake Central

Apr 07 2016 | 10:01 pm - Antioch’s boys volleyball team earned a 21-25, 25-23, 25-18 victory over host Grayslake Central on Thursday.

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