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 - May 22, 2013|
|PGA Tour, PGA of America picking wrong side of anchoring rule|
|On Tuesday, golf's governing bodies officially adopted a ban against anchoring the putter against the body to make a stroke. Predictably, the PGA Tour and the PGA of America complained and whined and threatened and postured. Unfortunately, it's the exact wrong reaction.|
|Sports - May 21, 2013|
|Brewers, Segura should reach a deal soon|
|The Milwaukee Brewers and Jean Segura have already opened the door for a contract extension, which is a smart move by both sides. It's a win-win situation for both parties, no matter the numbers, and it's a deal that should be reached soon.|
|Sports - May 20, 2013|
|Favre wants you back|
|Brett Favre will be six years removed from his less than glorious exit from the Green Bay Packers this fall and there seems to be movement towards reconciliation between the two parties. But the key for Favre as he enters this new stage of his life is winning you back.|
|Sports - May 17, 2013|
|Real or fake? Many don't prefer the real thing|
|Real or fake? Many don't prefer the real thing when it comes to their sports jerseys. Fake "authentic" sports jerseys is a booming online business, but it does hurt the local retailer.|
|Sports - May 17, 2013|
|Making a Brewers lineup not as easy as it seems|
|Penciling in eight batters into a lineup isn't as easy as it seems - a lot more goes into it than just raw numbers. A real manager has to deal with real people in major league lineups and with that comes certain intangibles like health, comfort and confidence.|
|Sports - May 16, 2013|
|Going old school: Stadium Sports Stuff a must visit for fans|
|Mick Pavlovich has been in the sports retail business for 25 years, and the former Milwaukee Braves bat boy knows what fans want - especially those looking for that real "old school" feel.|
|Sports - May 15, 2013|
|Gear up: Milwaukee has variety of ways to support your team|
|Supporting your team is part of being a fan, and one of the easiest ways to do that is by wearing team apparel, official or otherwise. Milwaukee offers several options for fans, from visiting the Brewers store in Miller Park to patronizing the local retailers who give you unique ways to show your love.|
|Sports - May 14, 2013|
|Brewers' Ramirez making it look easy|
|By all accounts, Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez should be off to one of his patented slow starts. He missed time in spring training and about a full month of the season already with a knee injury, but through his first handful of games he's making hitting look easy.|
|Sports - May 13, 2013|
|Bucks should go "all in" this offseason|
|The Milwaukee Bucks are looking for a new head coach and some new players following the team's first playoff appearance in three seasons. Owner Sen. Herb Kohl is willing to sell the team, perhaps bring in a partner - or partners - and there is a need for a new arena. It's time for the Bucks to go "all in."|
|Sports - May 10, 2013|
|Betancourt's trip to Mexico pays off for Brewers|
|Yuniesky Betancourt has hit the ball at a remarkable rate for the Milwaukee Brewers, and it can be traced back to winter ball experience in Mexico.|
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