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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Baseball: Coughlin pitches Lake Forest past Stevenson

May 30 2016 | 9:00 pm - Lake Forest pitcher Cal Coughlin struck out 11 as the Scouts claimed the Class 4A Palatine baseball regional title with a 7-3 decision against Stevenson on Monday.

Baseball: Murphy, Mundelein oust Libertyville

May 28 2016 | 10:03 pm - Given a third chance to pitch against Libertyville this spring, Mundelein’s Brendan Murphy took full advantage in leading the Mustangs to a 3-1 victory in a Class 4A regional final Saturday at Libertyville.

True grit: suburban rowers find their stroke on Chicago River

May 29 2016 | 12:46 am - Meet the New Trier Masters rowing club, a tight-knit group of suburban women who solace in the surprising quiet of the Chicago River, and self esteem in the realization that they are conquering the many ways the river physically challenges them.

Baseball: Kimpler has the answers as Libertyville tops Grayslake Central

May 26 2016 | 10:09 pm - Ben Kimpler got Libertyville’s baseball team headed in the right direction by pitching 3⅓ shutout innings as the Wildcats topped Grayslake Central 3-0 on Thursday in Class 4A regional semifinal play.

Boys volleyball: New life for victorious Libertyville

May 25 2016 | 10:29 pm - It was a win-win for Libertyville’s boys volleyball program Wednesday, as the players celebrated a regional championship victory over Lake Forest and coach Jenny Smith spent some time with her newborn son, Theodore James, in Condell Hospital.

Parker shows plenty of motivation in win over Chicago Sky

May 24 2016 | 9:53 pm - As Chicago Sky coach Pokey Chatman put it, Candace Parker is “mad at the world.”
“I mean that as a compliment,” Chatman said.

Baseball: Wauconda edges Stevenson in NSC title game

May 19 2016 | 10:27 pm - Wauconda’s baseball team came up with a big double play to end a 2-1 victory over Stevenson in Thursday’s North Suburban Conference title game hosted by the Bulldogs.

Fowles’ return spoils Delle Donne’s debut for Sky

May 18 2016 | 4:55 pm - The Chicago Sky get schooled on “School Day” by the reigning WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx, 97-80, despite Sky star Elena Delle Donne’s season debut.

Baseball: Eventually, Lake Forest defeats Libertyville

May 17 2016 | 10:19 pm - Lake Forest’s baseball team somehow overcame a 5-run deficit after 2 innings and rallied to get a 6-5 victory over host Libertyville on Tuesday.

Sky open season with victory over Sun

May 14 2016 | 10:36 pm - The Chicago Sky started the season off on the right foot with a 93-70 home win over the Connecticut Sun at the Allstate Arena Saturday night.

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