Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.
A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.
To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.
Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining OnMilwaukee.com.
In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.
Golf aficionados who venture into Illinois have also read Jim in GOLF Chicago Magazine as well as the Chicago District Golfer and Illinois Golfer magazines.
|Sports - December 6, 2013|
|Wave's Vorberg getting better with age|
|Professional sports have been, and will always be, a young person's game. No one beats Father Time one-on-one, not even the all-time greats. But Nick Vorberg, who will turn 39 in February, is at least playing him to a draw in goal for the Milwaukee Wave.|
|Sports - December 5, 2013|
|Bucks' margin for winning is thin|
|Despite the fact that the quarter pole is approaching in the 2013-14 NBA season, it's impossible to make any judgments on this Milwaukee Bucks team.There have been too many injuries and lineup changes to do so, but that also means that, as the offense struggles, the margin for winning is very slim.|
|Sports - December 4, 2013|
|Jennings' return a dud|
|Brandon Jennings returned to Milwaukee for the first time since being traded to the Detroit Pistons. It was an anticlimactic experience for all involved.|
|Sports - December 4, 2013|
|Panthers off to a hot start|
|Following an eight-win season last year, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers have started the 2013-14 season 7-2 thanks to a group of new players who have quickly found chemistry with existing starters.|
|Sports - December 3, 2013|
|Brewers' Henderson won't settle for less than the best|
|By the end of the 2013 season, Jim Henderson was closing games for the Milwaukee Brewers. It was an unexpected turn of events for the hard-throwing right-hander, but he is preparing for bigger things in 2014.|
|Sports - December 2, 2013|
|Wilson assuming leadership role at Marquette|
|For all of his flaws, Junior Cadougan was one thing for sure for Marquette University head coach Buzz Williams: a leader. Derrick Wilson, a junior, is now stepping into that role.|
|Sports - November 29, 2013|
|Packers loss to Lions unmasks team's identity without Rodgers|
|The Detroit Lions took command of the NFC North with a convincing 40-10 win over the Green Bay Packers on Thanksgiving Day, who, unfortunately, solidified what kind of team they are without Aaron Rodgers.|
|Sports - November 28, 2013|
|Football and Thanksgiving: a natural pair|
|Food and football go together like hand and glove on Thanksgiving Day, and while the game doesn't really conjure up any visceral feelings like homemade food does, there are few moments in regular life that a sport feel so much a part of.|
|Sports - November 27, 2013|
|Johnson's confidence grows at Marquette|
|Marquette University freshman JaJuan Johnson's confidence has grown because of the trust shown in him by his teammates and coaches.|
|Sports - November 26, 2013|
|Segura not satisfied with all-star season|
|Jean Segura ended his first full major league season with a .294 batting average, 173 hits and a National League All-Star berth. In his eyes, it's not good enough.|
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