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.
|Music - March 7, 2014|
|Milwaukee DJ makes a statement by joining radio mix crew|
|"DJ Poizon" Ivy Awino often moves in the background, whether its behind the scenes at a record label or radio station to setting up an emcee on stage, but her inclusion in WKKV-FM's new weekend show "The Saturday Mix Tape with DJO" puts her in the spotlight as one of only a handful of female DJ's to have a regular mix over the air.|
|Sports - March 7, 2014|
|Wave begins quest for seventh title one step at a time|
|The Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs begin Sunday for the Milwaukee Wave, which has to solve the Missouri Comets first in order to continue the march toward a seventh MISL championship.|
|Milwaukee Buzz - March 6, 2014|
|Quiz: What kind of person does the internet say you are?|
|People love internet quizzes. They must, because there are SO MANY of them. Do the results tell you anything?|
|Sports - March 6, 2014|
|Expect high impact, not high profile, moves from Packers|
|You can't help but think that where there is smoke, there is fire - fire in that Thompson may, indeed, be on the lookout for high impact players in free agency. That's the phrase fans need to remember. There's a difference between "high impact" and "high profile."|
|Travel & Visitors Guide - March 5, 2014|
|Hotel Metro makes art deco "green"|
|"Going green" has been an emphasis for businesses and consumers alike for years now, but Milwaukee's Hotel Metro was ahead of the curve, using sustainable products upon its construction in the late 1990s and continues doing so to this day.|
|Sports - March 4, 2014|
|Panthers look to make a run in league tournament|
|The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers can say, without question, that 2013-14 campaign was a big step forward for the program following an eight win season last year. But, the Panthers are looking to make a name for themselves with a deep Horizon League Tournament run.|
|Sports - March 3, 2014|
|Brewers' Davis takes nothing for granted|
|First, Milwaukee Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin raved about Khris Davis last fall. Then, Melvin traded Norichika Aoki and moved Ryan Braun to right field. It basically meant that Davis has the left field spot locked up, but he's not taking anything for granted.|
|Music - February 28, 2014|
|Where's the love for Milwaukee hip-hop?|
|If you love hip-hop, you love Milwaukee. It has had a burgeoning scene for years, but unfortunately it's only really bubbled under the surface. Underground at its core. But there are a handful of talented artists looking to break out - or break away.|
|Bars & Clubs - February 27, 2014|
|Milwaukee's 5 best white russians|
|I've been visiting bars in Milwaukee for the better part of eight years, and finding a really good white russian always seemed to elude me. In this case, the Dude could no longer abide - I had to find the best one in the Cream City. So, I asked you for some suggestions, and set out to find it. I did. Read on to learn more.|
|Sports - February 26, 2014|
|Drew deserves chance to turn Bucks around|
|This has been one of the most challenging seasons in Larry Drew's long career in the NBA, but he's proven to be a steady leader and the young players on the Milwaukee Bucks are improving under his watch. He deserves a chance to turn the team around.|
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