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 - November 24, 2014|
|Packers gut out tough road win over Vikings|
|Coming off back-to-back blowouts, the Green Bay Packers received a challenge from the last place Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon in Minnesota, and the green and gold muscled up on both sides of the ball for a 24-21 victory.|
|Sports - November 21, 2014|
|Simply, the Packers go as Rodgers goes|
|Football, it can be argued, is the ultimate team game. An individual can't succeed without the the help of 10 others. But in the case of the Green Bay Packers and Aaron Rodgers, is it as simple as saying as he goes, so goes the team? The numbers seem to bear that out.|
|Sports - November 20, 2014|
|Peppers' hidden talent? Blocking kicks|
|Julius Peppers is adding to his Hall of Fame resume in his first year with the Green Bay Packers, taking to a new position and helping lead an improving defense. But he also is a difference-maker in the third phase of the game, and at any moment, his hidden talent can turn the tide of a game.|
|Sports - November 19, 2014|
|Big men playing big role in Bucks offense|
|Ball sharing is the core of Jason Kidd's offense, and the biggest parts of that, literally, are the team's big men. They help keep the offense moving in the half court with smart passing decisions and finishing around the rim.|
|Sports - November 19, 2014|
|Fantasy football picks week 12|
|Things got back to normal in the NFL last week, right? Aaron Rodgers and Jamaal Charles had huge games, Jay Cutler and Andy Dalton reverted back to form, Jonas Gray and Mike Evans dominated ... wait, what? Oh, well, if you read this column you knew Evans was a must-start. We're here to help you win again with this week's picks.|
|Sports - November 18, 2014|
|Burton set to break out, even with a heavy heart|
|Marquette University sophomore Deonte Burton will play this season with a heavy heart following the loss of his mother, but he knows she's watching over him -- and he's poised to break out this season for the Golden Eagles in her honor.|
|Sports - November 17, 2014|
|How an arena at Journal Square might look|
|OnMilwaukee.com reported that the Milwaukee Bucks were negotiating to purchase the Journal Sentinel buildings, commonly known as the Journal Square, with the intention of using the space for a new multi-purpose arena. ScopeBridge LLC helped us visualize what an arena could look like, and show that a multi-use stadium could indeed fit within that area just off the Milwaukee River and Pere Marquette Park.|
|Sports - November 16, 2014|
|Packers tear apart Eagles in blowout win|
|Heading in to Sunday afternoon, many presumed the matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles would have a playoff feel, with the Packers getting a true challenge at home for the first time in 2014. Neither was the case, as Aaron Rodgers picked apart another opponent at Lambeau Field in another blowout victory.|
|Sports - November 14, 2014|
|New era of Golden Eagles basketball begins|
|The Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball team enters the year with low preseason expectations in the Big East, even nationally, but new head coach Steve Wojciechowski and his undersized, undermanned roster is ready to start off a new era.|
|Sports - November 13, 2014|
|Despite sanctions, Panthers ready to compete|
|Coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance, and naming rights for their own Downtown arena, things should have been looking up for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men's basketball team this year. But academic sanctions took away any chance at postseason basketball, so the team enters the season with a chip on the shoulder and a goal of winning the regular season Horizon League title.|
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