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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Lovie Smith takes a 'professional' approach with Illini

Aug 30 2016 | 5:52 am - Lovie Smith has 13 years of college coaching experience, but hasn't worked on a campus since 1995. Can he make a difference as the new coach at Illinois this season?

Grant worn down by CL Central

Aug 26 2016 | 10:33 pm - Grant’s defense played well in the first half, but the offense couldn’t move the ball and Crystal Lake Central pulled away in the second half for a 42-7 nonconference victory.

Windy City Bulls select 12 players in NBA D-League draft

Aug 24 2016 | 4:53 pm - The Windy City Bulls, who will open their NBA D-League season at the Sears Centre Arena in November, have acquired the rights to 12 players via the league’s expansion draft.

Windy City Bulls to debut Nov. 11

Aug 22 2016 | 4:29 pm - The Windy City Bulls will make their debut at the Sears Centre on Fri., Nov. 11. The full 2016-17 D-League schedule was released Monday.

Rose, Noah return highlights Bulls schedule

Aug 11 2016 | 7:57 pm - The Bulls won’t have to wait long for the return on Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah. They will visit the United Center on Nov. 4 with the New York Knicks. That’s just one highlight of the 2-16-17 NBA schedule, which was released Thursday.

Bulls may be Butler’s team, but what does that mean?

Jul 30 2016 | 11:18 pm - Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo have already agreed on one thing: The Bulls are Jimmy Butler’s team. But what does that mean when it comes to making the most from the new lineup?

Wade calls joining the Bulls a “selfish dream”

Jul 29 2016 | 5:43 pm - The news of his free-agent decision is nearly three weeks old, but when Dwyane Wade was finally introduced as a member of the Bulls on Friday, he had plenty to add to the story.

Thibodeua returns to United Center with Team USA

Jul 28 2016 | 4:14 pm - Former Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau returned to the United Center with Team USA on Thursday. He had plenty of nice things to say about his former Bulls players, as well as the team’s new lineup.

Chicago Bulls release their NBA preseason schedule

Jul 28 2016 | 2:16 pm - The Bulls revealed their 2016 preseason schedule on Thursday. As usual, it includes four home games at the United Center, but just seven games overall, one less than normal.

What can Bulls take from summer league title?

Jul 19 2016 | 8:08 pm - The Chicago Bulls are Las Vegas summer-league champions, but does that accomplishment bring any added optimism for next season? Not realy, but positive signs are always good.

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