CONWAY (AGFC) – The first outdoor article Joe Mosby
authored was about possum hunting, and he was a high school junior.
Sixty-seven years later, he has written thousands of newspaper articles
and is still going. Mosby was honored for his long and distinguished
career by being named to the Arkansas Sportscasters-Sportswriters Hall
of Fame during a banquet at Centennial Country Club in Conway.
Steve Sullivan was inducted as a sportscaster and Jimmy ‘Red" Parker received
the lifetime achievement award. Sullivan has been a sportscaster in
Arkansas for 30 years, including 14 years at KATV. Parker is a veteran
football coach with stints at Clemson, the Citadel, Ouachita Baptist
University, Southern Arkansas University and the first coach of the
Benton Harmony Grove Cardinals.
longest tenure was as the Arkansas Gazette's outdoor editor. He was
with the Little Rock newspaper from 1969 until it closed in 1991. He
later joined the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as news editor and
continues today as a part-time writer for the agency. Mosby is a
different kind of outdoor writer because he was a newsman assigned to
the outdoor beat instead of an outdoorsman becoming a writer. "My early
journalism years were with rural newspapers, where I learned to
appreciate the intense interest in hunting, fishing and outdoor
recreation," he said.
through his 61-year professional career, in addition to train wrecks,
murders and school board meetings, he's covered sports at the high
school and college levels.
seldom crusades as a writer. Instead, he presents both sides of
controversies for readers to make up their own minds. "I place
importance on background articles, the "why" material that led to new or
changed regulations in hunting and fishing and with habitat work," he
explained. He has a special interest in stories of ordinary people,
especially youngsters, who find excitement and enjoyment in the
was a 2002 inductee into the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame, was
recognized by the Arkansas Press Association for 50 years in journalism
and was given the Arkansas Activities Association's Distinguished
Service Award for his years of covering high school athletics.
his wife of 59 years, Mary Starr Mosby, live in Conway and have four
children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.