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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Aug 26 2016 | 4:01 pm - It’s back to business for the WNBA after a month-long break for the Olympics. ChicagoSky star Elena Delle Donne reflects on her time helping the U.S. women to the gold medal.

No Olympic-break rust as Sky get win over Dream

Aug 26 2016 | 10:54 pm - Elena Delle Donne lead the Chicago Sky with a game-high 34 points as the Sky wrestled a 90-82 win over the Atlanta Dream.

Tolbert, Jones form quite a receiving package for Warren

Aug 24 2016 | 8:01 pm - Jalin Tolbert and Micah Jones are the best of friends, but the Warren receiving duo will likely make some enemies on the football field with their dynamic play.

Football: Warren’s skill set is ready for a big showing

Aug 19 2016 | 2:04 pm - Warren’s football team hopes to continue the excitement after the Chicago Bears pay a visit to practice at the school’s field in Gurnee.

Football: Vernon Hills preps for Central Suburban challenge

Aug 19 2016 | 2:04 pm - Scouting will be at a premium this year for Vernon Hills’ football team, which plays an almost entirely new group of schools in its first season in the Central Suburban North.

Football: Carmel secures an improved football forecast

Aug 19 2016 | 2:02 pm - After struggling thanks in part due to turnovers last season, Carmel Catholic’s football team is anticipating a much improved season.

Football: Offense evolution spreads to Lake Zurich

Aug 19 2016 | 2:02 pm - Lake Zurich coach Dave Proffitt is bringing a spread offense to a program that has long succeeded by running the ball with authority.

Football: Mundelein hopes the winning is just beginning

Aug 19 2016 | 2:02 pm - After a 4-win effort last fall, Mundelein and second-year coach Larry Calhoun are looking for more victories this season.

Football: New, promising era begins for Libertyville

Aug 19 2016 | 2:02 pm - Standout quarterback Riley Lees has moved on, but a talented offensive line gives Libertyville hope that it can maintain a high standard.

Football: Stevenson’s fine QB tradition is alive and well

Aug 19 2016 | 3:27 pm - Aidan O’Connell looks like the next in a long line of top-level quarterbacks as he leads perennial playoff qualifier Stevenson this fall.

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