By Ronnie Weston| July 31, 2013 at 7:21 PM CDT - Updated July 21 at 12:37 PM
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.
Mosby's 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.
All 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.
Mosby 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 outdoors.
Mosby 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.
He and his wife of 59 years, Mary Starr Mosby, live in Conway and have four children, eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.