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 - March 30, 2015|
|Gennett's chance is now to secure Brewers' second base job|
|For two years, Scooter Gennett has been preparing for this chance, this season. With former All-Star Rickie Weeks now gone, the young second baseman has a chance to secure his chance to be the club's "future" by performing in the present.|
|Sports - March 27, 2015|
|Playoff experience matters for young Bucks|
|The Milwaukee Bucks have 10 games left in the regular season, but this "sprint" that head coach Jason Kidd talked about just after the All-Star break has winded his young team. Not many on the roster, including many key players, know what it's like to win such hotly contested games.|
|Sports - March 26, 2015|
|Turnovers testing Bucks defense|
|Even during this recent stretch of losses, two things have remained consistent about the Milwaukee Bucks: their defense, and their propensity to turn the ball over. Of late, the latter has really tested the former.|
|Sports - March 25, 2015|
|After nightmare year, Brewers' Segura hopes for sunny 2015|
|Milwaukee Brewers shortstop Jean Segura went from being on the top of the world at the start of 2014 - the club was considering extending his contract and giving him a raise, and he was coming off an All-Star campaign. But things turned in ways he couldn't imagine, but the 25-year-old hopes to see the sun again in 2015.|
|Sports - March 24, 2015|
|A throwback throw up|
|The jersey-maker Mitchell & Ness released a sales graphic that shows that the most popular throwback jersey in the state of Wisconsin is Kobe Bryant's No. 8. Really? No Packers?! No Bucks or Brewers? And, to make matters worse, the only Packers jersey in the country is being purchased in Kansas, of all places. So much for having great sports fans.|
|Sports - March 24, 2015|
|Time for Brewers' Khris Davis to shine|
|With one full season now under his belt, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Khris Davis is looking to solidify his spot as an everyday power producer for the organization.|
|Sports - March 23, 2015|
|Marquette, UWM have room to grow|
|The two Division I men's basketball programs in Milwaukee are spectators during March Madness, as Marquette University bowed out in the second round of the Big East tournament and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was ineligible for postseason play. We take a look back at a tough year for Milwaukee hoops.|
|Sports - March 20, 2015|
|Bucks looking for a spark|
|The Milwaukee Bucks have lost four in a row and 11 of their last 14, and the team is losing its grip on a once solid playoff position. This young team is finding out just how hard it is to win playoff-type games on a nightly basis, and they are looking for a spark.|
|Sports - March 19, 2015|
|Final Four or bust for Badgers|
|A year after finally getting over the hump in last year's NCAA Tournament and advancing to the Final Four, the Wisconsin Badgers are primed for a return trip - and it's perhaps even an expectation as March Madness truly begins.|
|Sports - March 18, 2015|
|Young Bucks duo finds a rhythm together|
|The move for point guard Michael Carter-Williams was made with an eye on the future of the Milwaukee Bucks organization, and the creation of a core trio that includes Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo. But, Parker is hurt. So, Carter-Williams and Antetokounmpo are working hard to figure each other out on the court.|
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