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 - April 15, 2014|
|Once again the Cardinals ruin the Brewers' fun|
|The Milwaukee Brewers came into Monday night in first place and with the best record in the game. They were on a nine-game winning streak. They had the best pitching staff in baseball. Then they played the St. Louis Cardinals. And of course, the fun was ruined.|
|Sports - April 11, 2014|
|Admirals closing in on playoffs|
|The Milwaukee Admirals haven't clinched one of the eight playoff spots in the American Hockey League's Western Conference just yet, so the team's season-ending five game stretch is important not only in seeding, but setting the team up for a championship run.|
|Sports - April 10, 2014|
|Minus Tiger, Masters lacks drama|
|Tiger Woods will miss The Masters this week after back surgery, and while the world's top player hasn't won a major championship since 2008, his drought and aura have made for compelling television. Now, the tournament is up for grabs with no real hook for the causal viewer.|
|Sports - April 9, 2014|
|Braun's power surges no surprise|
|Ryan Braun hit three home runs Tuesday in Philadelphia, his first since May 2013. Suddenly breaking out with multiple homers shouldn't be a surprise for Milwaukee Brewers fans, however. In fact, he will probably hit three more in the next few days.|
|Sports - April 9, 2014|
|Marquette adds assistant coaches|
|Marquette University has announced that new head coach Steve Wojciechowski has made two hires for his coaching staff - former Duke University teammate Chris Carrawell and former Drake University head coach Mark Phelps.|
|Sports - April 9, 2014|
|Trade paying off for Adrien|
|When the Milwaukee Bucks acquired forward Jeff Adrien in a trade on Feb. 20, it was his fourth team in as many years. Neither party could have imagined what has happened since.|
|Sports - April 8, 2014|
|An incredible year of college hoops|
|The Wisconsin Badgers capped an incredible year of college basketball in the state with a deep NCAA Tournament run, but they weren't the only big story. UWM went from worst to first in one year, Marquette lost, and found, a head coach, and the UWGB Phoenix were snubbed. Here's a look back at a great year of major college basketball.|
|Sports - April 7, 2014|
|Another heartbreak for Wisconsin|
|The 2013-14 Wisconsin Badgers will be remembered forever as just the second team from Madison to reach the Final Four, and rightfully so. But, they were good enough to win it all. In which case, they join a growing list of teams outside of Green Bay that had a chance to bring home a title, but could not.|
|Sports - April 4, 2014|
|Badgers aim to make Final Four trip a memorable one|
|The Wisconsin Badgers face the Kentucky Wildcats in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday evening in Texas. It's the program's first trip to the national semi-finals since 2000, and this group of Badgers is looking forward to making it count.|
|Sports - April 3, 2014|
|5 things to watch for as Bucks finish out the season|
|With seven games in the next 13 days, the end of a long season is near for the bruised and battered Milwaukee Bucks. It seems like not much can be gained from that short a time, but they are still meaningful games for the players who are being evaluated.|
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