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 6, 2015|
|Home is where the heart is for Admirals' Piskula|
|In his third season in Milwaukee, Antigo native and University of Wisconsin alumnus Joe Piskula has found that if you can't be playing in the National Hockey League, being close to home is the next best thing.|
|Marketplace - March 5, 2015|
|The man and the story behind ScopeBridge|
|Just off 6th Street, near the Iron Horse Hotel, is a small, independent, locally-owned business that saw a hole in the construction and architecture business model and sought to fill it in. But that's just what ScopeBridge does. The man behind it, and his story, make it much more than that.|
|Sports - March 4, 2015|
|Are young Golden Eagles hearing the call?|
|The 2014-15 regular season is about over for the Marquette Golden Eagles, and it's been a trying season for first year coach Steve Wojciechowski. But one silver lining is that the young players currently on the roster have been given ample opportunity to show they belong. Have they done it?|
|Sports - March 3, 2015|
|Braun expects to regain MVP form|
|The Milwaukee Brewers are about to begin their spring training schedule, which is the first test of Ryan Braun's repaired thumb. The former National League MVP feels he's healthy for the first time in years, and if he remains so he can return to that elite level of play.|
|Milwaukee Buzz - March 3, 2015|
|I got dibs on that parking spot. Yeah, dibs, you turkey|
|This latest snow fall made me realize something. I've never called dibs here. I'm not alone. I don't see any Milwaukeeans shoveling out angled parking spots or street parking spots and calling dibs on their handiwork. You know, "dibs." See, this is a real thing that real people do - specifically 90 miles south of us in Chicago. And it's serious business.|
|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.|
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