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 - January 29, 2015|
|Wilson faces steep first-year learning curve|
|Sometimes, trying too hard, or wanting something too much, can be a bad thing. Marquette University freshman Duane Wilson has lived that this season in his first year on the court for the Golden Eagles. So, he's learning how to dial it back, while keeping his intensity level high. It's a tricky learning curve to navigate, especially in the Big East.|
|Sports - January 28, 2015|
|Pro golf returns to Milwaukee: Symetra Tour heads to Brown Deer|
|Milwaukee hasn't had a regular pro golf tour stop since the PGA Tour's U.S. Bank Championship folded its tent in 2009. That is changing, as Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is helping bring the Symetra Tour, the feeder tour of the LPGA Tour, to Brown Deer Park Golf Course this summer.|
|Travel & Visitors Guide - January 28, 2015|
|Looking for snow fun? Try Christmas Mountain at the Wisconsin Dells|
|The snow is falling and it's cold outside, but you can get away to hit the slopes (or a snow tube run) with a jaunt to Christmas Mountain Resort at the Wisconsin Dells.|
|Sports - January 28, 2015|
|Carlino finding his way with Golden Eagles|
|Matt Carlino transferred to Marquette University from Brigham Young and immediately became first-year head coach Steve Wojciechowski's "go to" player on offense. After all, not many others on the team had played as much, or scored as much, as Carlino had. But the transition hasn't been easy for the senior guard.|
|Sports - January 27, 2015|
|Are the Bucks headed in the right direction?|
|The Milwaukee Bucks are now officially in the second half of the 2014-15 season, having completed 44 of their 82-game schedule. Currently, they are an Eastern Conference playoff team. Are they overachieving? Are young players arriving early? Or, might an "accidental" playoff berth set the franchise back in its quest to acquire a difference maker?|
|Sports - January 26, 2015|
|Once overlooked, Green Bay's Sykes is now one of state's best|
|Coming out of high school Keifer Sykes would look at the recruiting rankings -- and have to scroll down a ways before seeing his name. While he was buried in what turned out to be one of the greatest classes to ever come out of the state of Illinois, Sykes used it as motivation at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Now, four years later, he's one of the state's best college players.|
|Sports - January 23, 2015|
|Peralta is an ace on the make for Brewers|
|In just his second full season as a major league starter, Wily Peralta turned in one of the best seasons by a young starter in Milwaukee Brewers history in 2014. Now, the 25-year-old is looking to take another step in becoming the franchise's ace of the future.|
|Sports - January 22, 2015|
|Milwaukee Talks: Wave owner Mike Zimmerman|
|There are fewer busier people in the local sports scene than Mike Zimmerman, the owner of MKE Sports & Entertainment, which operates not only the Milwaukee Wave, but three baseball teams and The Rock Sports Complex in Franklin. OnMilwaukee.com managed to pin him down for a Q&A about what he's involved with (and what he's not), from baseball to soccer and how he tries to balance it all (or, how he doesn't).|
|Sports - January 21, 2015|
|"Greek Freak" headlines NBA Dunk Contest|
|Milwaukee Bucks second-year forward Giannis Antetokounmpo likes to throw down, and the fans love it -- so the "Greek Freak" will participate in the NBA Dunk Contest during the All-Star break on Feb. 14.|
|Bars & Clubs - January 21, 2015|
|First look: The Pub Club|
|OnMilwaukee.com takes a first look at Downtown Milwaukee's newest nightlife addition -- The Pub Club, located at 1103 N. Old World 3rd St.|
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