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 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.|
|Milwaukee Buzz - August 19, 2014|
|Why I did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge|
|I participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge this week, and it went out over Facebook and Twitter, but I'm fortunate to have larger platform here at OnMilwaukee.com to explain why.|
|Sports - August 18, 2014|
|No time for golf? Play nine|
|The game of golf is losing more players than it's gaining, and one of the primary complaints is that in today's fast-paced world, it simply takes too long to play. One way to get your fix is to just play nine holes. It's an idea the Milwaukee County courses, and even golf's governing bodies, are promoting.|
|Sports - August 15, 2014|
|IndyCar's best returns to the Mile|
|IndyCar's best drivers, including Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay return to the Milwaukee Mile this weekend for Milwaukee IndyFest at the State Fair Park.|
|Sports - August 14, 2014|
|Top 5 Brewers videos of 2014 (so far)|
|So what kind of team does Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke have? One that likes to have fun - and one that has gained national attention for doing so. Perhaps its why they've been able to stay loose (and in first place) all year. Here are our top 5 favorite 2014 Brewers-related videos - are yours on the list? If not, let us know the ones you liked the best in our talkback section, on Facebook or @OnMilwaukee on Twitter.|
|Marketplace - August 14, 2014|
|Food Truck Week: Jamaican Kitchen and Grill|
|I typically don't run across many food trucks day-to-day as I'm running between Lambeau Field, Miller Park and the Bradley Center -- but on my way to Green Bay today I shot down Wells toward I-43 for a quick bite, and the Jamaican Kitchen and Grill Food Truck was a nice surprise. The curry chicken was on special, and it was a great choice.|
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