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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Butler stakes his claim to be a leader for Chicago Bulls

Oct 07 2015 | 5:13 pm - Twice in the past week, Bulls guard Jimmy Butler told reporters the team needs a vocal leader and he plans to fill the role. The idea sounds fine, but is Butler going about it the right way?

Chicago Bulls come out shooting in preseason opener

Oct 06 2015 | 11:44 pm - Doug McDermott and Jimmy Butler scored 23 points each as the Bulls opened preseason with a 105-95 victory over Milwaukee at the United Center on Tuesday.

Rose return not likely anytime soon

Oct 06 2015 | 10:13 pm - After paying a visit to recovering guard Derrick Rose, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg reported that Rose's left eye is nearly swollen shut, the result of a broken eye socket suffered last week.

Gibson still recovering; will miss preseason game

Oct 05 2015 | 4:23 pm - Taj Gibson will be among the missing players when the Bulls open the preseason against Milwaukee on Tuesday. But offseason ankle surgery shouldn't keep him out for long.

New lineup set for Bulls preseason opener

Oct 05 2015 | 4:12 pm - The Bulls will be missing several key players when they take the floor for Tuesday's preseason opener against Milwaukee at the United Center. But coach Fred Hoiberg broke with tradition when it came to pregame revelations.

Rose will learn Bulls new offense from home

Oct 04 2015 | 10:53 pm - Derrick Rose will spend a few more days resting at home as he recovers from a broken orbital bone below his left eye. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg does plan to send some homework over to Rose while he's sidelined.

Hinrich says Hoiberg has brought fast pace, calm demeanor to Bulls

Oct 03 2015 | 6:47 pm - The opening week of Bulls training camp has been mostly about learning coach Fred Hoiberg's system. On Saturday, veteran guard Kirk Hinrich assessed the new plan.

Libertyville takes to the air in grounding Lake Zurich

Oct 02 2015 | 11:33 pm - The threat of the run helped Libertyville quarterback Riley Lees attack threw the air on Friday. Lees threw for 223 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Wildcats beat visiting Lake Zurich 41-21.

Hoiberg not set on starting lineup for Bulls

Oct 02 2015 | 9:56 pm - Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg thinks it's too early to make any lineup decisions, but he is taking a good look during camp at how Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah work together.

Portis, McDermott getting help from Bulls veterans

Oct 01 2015 | 6:23 pm - A couple of young Bulls -- Bobby Portis and Doug McDermott -- told some good stories Thursday about being mentored by older teammates.

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