Cara Owsley


Cara Owsley is a national award-winning visual journalist/director of photography at the Cincinnati Enquirer, part of the USA Today network.

In 2018 The Cincinnati Enquirer won a Pulitzer Prize in the local reporting category. The story “Seven Days of Heroin” was recognized by the Pulitzer board “for a riveting and insightful narrative and video documenting seven days of greater Cincinnati’s heroin epidemic, revealing how the deadly addiction has ravaged families and communities.” Owsley was a photojournalist and photo editor for the project.

Prior to working for The Enquirer, Owsley was a staff photojournalist at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, The Sun Herald in Biloxi, Mississippi, and The Repository in Canton, Ohio. Owsley has been in the industry for 25 years and has a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from Western Kentucky University.

Owsley is a single mother with one daughter who is a junior at Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis. Owsley serves on the board of the Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter Society of Professional Journalists and the board of the Visual Task Force with the National Association of Black Journalists.