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.
Steve Lundy is a staff photographer for the Daily Herald and has been working in the Lake County bureau for 10 years. His daily duties include covering news, features and Neighbor assignments. Lundy specializes in sports photography and has been assigned to cover the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, the PGA, NLCS, MLB All Star Game and numerous playoff games in Chicago.
Lundy brings that same level of photography skill to prep sports section where his pictures enhance the sports pages of the Daily Herald every day. His work has been honored by such organizations as the National Press Photographers Association, Chicago Press Association, the Illinois Press Photographers Association, Associated Press, Inland, Lisagor and the Illinois Press Association. Lundy's other passion is videography. He has been a leader in developing programming for the Daily Herald's website including a weekly show covering prep football called Football Focus. Lundy graduated from Columbia College with a bachelor's degree in communications and studied under Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist John H. White.