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Jim Owczarski

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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.



Recent Articles
 
 Sports - March 2, 2015
 Bucks playing with playoff mindset
 With a month and a half left in the NBA regular season, the Milwaukee Bucks are taking their position within the Eastern Conference playoff race seriously, which means expecting a more dialed in mentality from one another.
 
 Bars & Clubs - February 27, 2015
 Bucks bar network connects to new fans
 The Milwaukee Bucks launched a "bar network" at the start of the season in an effort get bars in Milwaukee, and in the surrounding suburbs, to turn on their games and create a team atmosphere outside of the BMO Harris Bradley Center. It's worked, for the most part, to connect the team to a new fan base.
 
 Sports - February 26, 2015
 Wave begins quest for a new title
 What's old (the Milwaukee Wave in the playoffs) is new again (in the Major Arena Soccer League) and the franchise is searching for a way to meld the two together by winning the organization's seventh indoor soccer championship. That quest begins tonight as the MASL playoffs begin.
 
 Sports - February 25, 2015
 Baseball needs to speed it up
 Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to enforce rules already on the books (wait, what?) in the hopes of speeding up the game. There will be hemming and hawing from veteran players, but the game does need to move little quicker.
 
 Sports - February 25, 2015
 Sanders says anxiety, off-court issues led to departure
 Four days after the Milwaukee Bucks officially bought him out of a $44 million contract, Larry Sanders opened up at length for the first time since a Dec. 23 interview with OnMilwaukee.com in a video message.
 
 Bars & Clubs - February 24, 2015
 Just say no ... to the cucumber
 Having given it an honest effort at several places around Milwaukee, I've come to a judgment: Cucumber is just a taste that doesn't belong in alcohol.
 
 Bars & Clubs - February 24, 2015
 Sports stars spill their favorite drinks
 Every now and then, you may run across your favorite athlete at restaurant or bar, with family or friends. It's not that unusual - they're regular people, too. And, like regular people, they have their favorite cocktails. During OnMilwaukee.com's annual Bar Month we reached out to the likes of John Axford, Gary Ellerson and more to see what cocktails they most enjoy when they relax away from the game.
 
 Sports - February 23, 2015
 Bucks say trading Knight won't affect team chemistry
 A big concern for many outside the Milwaukee Bucks organization was how trading Brandon Knight might affect the club's apparent chemistry. But from coach Jason Kidd on down, the team insists that the new culture that is developing in Milwaukee will prevent any fissures as the team makes a playoff push.
 
 Sports - February 21, 2015
 Fare thee well, Larry Sanders!
 It's official. After a hectic couple days of tweets and leaks, an NBA source made it official that the Milwaukee Bucks have parted ways with center Larry Sanders, who just two years ago seemed destined to be the long term face of the franchise.
 
 Sports - February 20, 2015
 Surprises all around as Bucks welcome new additions
 The Milwaukee Bucks officially introduced Michael Carter-Williams, Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
 


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