Gregory J. Borowski, Comm ’89
Greg Borowski has rightly earned a reputation as one of the hardest-working journalists in Milwaukee, known for his tenacious beat reporting and passion for storytelling. During his decade at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he covered the city government beat before becoming the newspaper’s political reporter.
In a career that includes stops at the Marion (Ind.) Chronicle-Tribune and the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal, Greg has won dozens of awards. Most recently, he was the lead reporter on a team that won first place in deadline reporting in 2007 from the American Society of Newspaper Editors for coverage of a deadly factory explosion. In 2005, he was the inaugural recipient of the Journalist of the Year award from the Milwaukee Press Club, recognizing his work covering flaws with the 2004 presidential election in the city and state.
“The education I received at Marquette, from the classroom to the many hours in the basement of Johnston Hall working for the Hilltop and Tribune, gave me a strong foundation for the career path I have followed,” he says. “At Marquette, I learned quickly that it is not enough to write well or simply be proficient in technical skills. You have to have something to write about.”
And that he has. Greg is also the author of two award-winning books: First and Long, the true story of a groundbreaking high school football team, and The Christmas Heart, a collection of short fiction. He is working on two new book projects: a follow-up to the Christmas book that will be published this fall by Middleton-based Badger Books and a non-fiction book about how a group of parents banded together in 1984 to prevent the closure of Messmer High School, Greg’s alma mater.
As a volunteer, Greg works with Messmer’s student journalists and helped launch a program that has led to a partnership with the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication. He is also very active in the Marquette community, where he is a part-time instructor in the journalism program, as well as a member of the college’s Alumni Advisory Board, Student Media Board and participant in the alumni-student mentor program.