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 - October 19, 2014|
|Packers decimate Panthers to win fourth straight|
|The Green Bay Packers blew out the Carolina Panthers, 38-17, Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field, scoring four first half touchdowns. The Packers, who have now won four straight, executed from the very beginning of the game and buried the visitors quickly.|
|Dining - October 17, 2014|
|Curly's Pub in Lambeau Field is a disappearing dining treat|
|Much has changed over the years at Lambeau Field, but a constant was Curly's Pub. Well, after 2014, a new restaurant will be in a new location within Lambeau Field, so we decided to give the longtime Green Bay staple a last look.|
|Sports - October 16, 2014|
|Lacy making better business decisions|
|Eddie Lacy has not had the type of start to 2014 that he would have liked, with only one, 100-yard effort to his name thus far. But, he hopes that the change he made two weeks ago in Minnesota carries over the rest of the way.|
|Dining - October 15, 2014|
|Something old, something new in latest dining trip|
|This month I wanted to get to at least a couple places I haven't been in the city, and one goal was to be somewhere on the Marquette University campus when something was happening basketball-wise. I not only did that, and followed it up by rediscovering an old favorite later in the evening.|
|Sports - October 15, 2014|
|Fantasy football picks week 7|
|If it isn't injuries, it's a bye week. If it isn't a bye week, it's your top draft pick that hasn't performed like one. This fantasy season has been a strange one, but fear not, we're here to help. There's a defense out there due for a rebound performance, and even a Jacksonville player that might be a sneaky play. Read on to see how you can win your fantasy matchup this week.|
|Sports - October 15, 2014|
|Ilyasova has seen it all with the Bucks|
|You could say that Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova has seen it all in his tenure with the team. Six head coaches, 77 different teammates, the playoffs and a 15-win campaign. Nothing comes as a surprise to the 27-year-old anymore.|
|Sports - October 14, 2014|
|5 questions for Bucks assistant Greg Foster|
|Greg Foster returned to Milwaukee this offseason as part of new head coach Jason Kidd's staff, making it his third time through the city (he was here twice as a player). OnMilwaukee.com caught up with the big man coach to chat about some of his favorite places to eat, his go-to breakfast item, and a little basketball.|
|Sports - October 13, 2014|
|Rodgers makes the difference in Packers win|
|There is a reason why the Green Bay Packers paid Aaron Rodgers $110 million. There's a reason Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin (Rodgers' former offensive coordinator) wasn't sure if Ryan Tannehill was his starting quarterback a couple weeks ago. Rodgers proved his worth in a 24-23 last second victory over Miami.|
|Sports - October 10, 2014|
|A Marquette man|
|Loyalty. Passion. Fearlessness. It's what led Steve Wojciechowski to the captaincy at Duke University as a player, and to the right hand of legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski as an assistant. It's also what brought the man they call "Wojo" to Marquette University as its new head coach.|
|Sports - October 9, 2014|
|Admirals hope combination of skill, NHL experience lead to new heights|
|The Milwaukee Admirals open up their 2014-15 season Friday night, and head coach Dean Evason will be leaning on the NHL experience of several of his players to help push this particular squad to new heights.|
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