Meet Cara Owsley
Position at The Enquirer: Director of photography/photojournalist since December 2005
Why I became a journalist
I unintentionally became a journalist – it started with a fascination of cameras. I still have my first camera, a Polaroid One-Step. My high school photography teacher recommended that I should attend Western Kentucky University for photography. I knew nothing about photojournalism when I enrolled in the program, but the journalism classes and my internships made me fall in love with journalism.
What I like best about my job
I believe I have one of the best jobs in world. Photojournalists get to encounter people from all walks of life, and I love telling their stories visually. I also enjoy working with our talented staff of photographers and helping make their visuals come to life for our website and our print edition.
A story I worked on that has had a lasting impact on me
Nine years ago, I met a 7-year-old girl who was undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma. Although she had some very hard days, she never gave up on beating the cancer. Despite countless hours of trips to the hospital and doctor appointments, she and her family still managed to keep a positive attitude. They are some of the most kind and loving people I have ever photographed. We have stayed in touch over the years and she has been cancer free for nine years.
What is the biggest challenge I face
Working during the pandemic. I really miss working with my colleagues in person. I also miss being more involved in the community and telling stories visually.
[ FROM THE EDITOR | Keeping us connected: It's one reason journalism matters ]
What I like to do when I’m not working
Spending time with my daughter and other family members. Zumba and any activity I can do outside, like walking or gardening.
Favorite event or Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky tradition
The Cincinnati Music Festival. I love live music and this event brings in so many of my favorites.
Why journalism matters
We are the eyes and ears of our community. It’s our First Amendment right.
• • •
Get to know us: