Mike McGraw

Chicago Bulls Beat Writer
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Mike McGraw has been covering the Chicago Bulls for the Daily Herald since Michael Jordan returned from the baseball diamond in 1995. McGraw became the full-time beat writer in 1999 and started off with the two worst seasons in franchise history.

Prior to that assignment, he spent 10 years covering high school sports for the Daily Herald and one year on colleges. The Daily Herald was his first permanent job in journalism, after working for a few minor league sports franchises and serving front-office internships with the Detroit Pistons and Philadelphia Eagles.

Whether covering a sectional basketball game in Waukegan or Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Salt Lake City, his goal has been to capture the drama and explore the personalities that exist on every level of competition. McGraw won an Associated Press Sports Editor's Award in 2009 for a story about the death of Bulls' legend Norm Van Lier.

A graduate of Stevenson High School and the University of Michigan, McGraw has been married to fellow Daily Herald sports writer Patricia Babcock since 1999.

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Bulls still trying to figure things out

Feb 07 2016 | 6:25 pm - The Bulls have one more stop on the seven-game ice show road trip, on Monday in Charlotte. The Bulls haven’t been able to hold late leads this week and that’s usually what separates the good from the average in the NBA.

Bulls suffer another late-game collapse

Feb 06 2016 | 11:47 pm - Playing without injured guard Jimmy Butler, the Bulls couldn’t hold a late lead and lost at Minnesota 112-105 on Saturday. Pau Gasol returned from a hand injury and Mike Dunleavy made his season debut.

Shorthanded Bulls downed in Denver

Feb 05 2016 | 11:15 pm - Jimmy Butler suffered a left knee sprain late in the first half and Pau Gasol sat out with a hand injury. Playing shorthanded, the Bulls couldn’t hold an 18-point lead in Denver.

Bulls’ supporting cast finally steps up

Feb 04 2016 | 8:36 pm - Playing without top scorer Jimmy Butler on Wednesday at Sacramento, the Bulls finally got quality contributions from multiple role players. What took so long?

Bulls beat Kings without Butler

Feb 03 2016 | 11:52 pm - Top scorer Jimmy Butler was sidelined by a sore knee Wednesday as the Bulls snapped a two-game losing streak at Sacramento. The injury is not expected to be serious.

Can Dunleavy help fix what’s wrong with Chicago Bulls?

Feb 03 2016 | 9:22 am - The Bulls are struggling, with nine losses in their last 13 games. Should they feel encouraged by the impending return of Mike Dunleavy, who has yet to play this season?

Bulls lose to Jazz in OT

Feb 03 2016 | 9:25 am - The Bulls went to Utah on Monday trying to recover from Sunday’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. One of their goals was to fight through tough times better than they have lately.

Chicago Bulls frustrated after loss to Clippers

Jan 31 2016 | 10:49 pm - The Bulls hung close for most of 3 quarters Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers. But they faded in the fourth and Jamal Crawford led the Clippers to a 120-93 victory.

Chicago Bulls mailbag: We answer your pressing questions

Feb 03 2016 | 9:21 am - In this edition of Bulls Q&A, we look at whether the Bulls can find a good fit for the small forward slot and why NBA free-agency will be bizarre this summer.

Why the Chicago Bulls should keep Pau Gasol

Feb 03 2016 | 9:39 am - Former teammates Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant are just two years apart in age but traveling different paths right now. While Bryant is fading fast, Gasol is still a significant contributor. It might make sense for the Bulls to try to keep Gasol for a...

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