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 - August 28, 2014|
|Busting the bubble: Players state their case in Packers win over Chiefs|
|In the final game of the preseason schedule, the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 34-14 Thursday night at Lambeau Field. It was also the last audition for players on the "bubble," those hoping to survive the 22-man cut that must come by Saturday afternoon. Jeff Janis, Myles White and Jayrone Elliott all flashed in the win. Was it enough?|
|Sports - August 28, 2014|
|Badgers hope to vault to top of Big Ten|
|In head coach Gary Andersen's second season, and the first with Melvin Gordon as the feature running back, the Wisconsin Badgers hope to make a leap to the top of the Big Ten and potentially make some noise in college football's new playoff.|
|Sports - August 27, 2014|
|Packers starters ready to begin the season|
|The Green Bay Packers are getting ready for their final preseason game of the summer, but don't expect to see any of the star players on either side of the ball. That's fine by them, as the regulars feel they are ready to go for the season.|
|Sports - August 26, 2014|
|5 questions for Brewers starter Wily Peralta|
|Wily Peralta turned 25 in April and is in just his second full season in the major leagues, but the right-handed starter has not only come into his own for the Milwaukee Brewers this year, he's become one of the National League's best pitchers. We caught up with Peralta for our first installment of "5 questions for ..."|
|Sports - August 25, 2014|
|Lessons learned in Packers preseason game|
|The preseason is good for everyone, from players to coaches to the flag guy (who fell running out of the tunnel) to even the guys covering the team. Read on to see why I was reminded to never count the chickens before they hatch, and some other observations after the third preseason game.|
|Sports - August 22, 2014|
|Packers put together complete game in victory|
|In the one preseason game that "mattered," the starting offensive and defensive units for the Green Bay Packers put together an impressive first half of football that led to a victory over the Oakland Raiders Friday night at Lambeau Field.|
|Sports - August 22, 2014|
|Trust is in the details for Rodgers, receivers|
|It's not all about physical ability, at least not in Green Bay. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers requires his pass catchers to be mentally sharp in order to gain trust in them. And that comes from studying up on the details of the position, and the offense.|
|Sports - August 21, 2014|
|Bostick poised for a breakthrough with Packers|
|In the National Football League, it is rare that a player gets a chance to truly develop. Brandon Bostick has had that chance in Green Bay, beginning as an undrafted wide receiver who made the practice squad. Now, he's competing to become the starting tight end for the Packers. He feels his time is now.|
|Sports - August 20, 2014|
|Doctor details the problems with oblique injuries for Brewers, Packers|
|Key members of the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers have suffered oblique injuries this year, but it has affected each differently. OnMilwaukee.com caught up with Dr. Omar Darr of Aurora Health Care to explain what those injuries mean and how they can affect the two sports (and their positions) differently.|
|Sports - August 19, 2014|
|Parra brings stellar defense to Brewers outfield|
|It wasn't the move anyone expected, and it certainly wasn't the one many who root for the Milwaukee Brewers hoped for, but the non-waiver trade deadline acquisition of Gerardo Parra has paid immediate dividends for a club that needed a veteran, left-handed bat and a stellar defensive option at either corner of the outfield.|
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