Neighbor: Denise Mosley
LaGRANGE — The Daily News’ weekly Neighbors series features one person from LaGrange and the surrounding area. This week, we are learning more about local television photojournalist Denise Mosley.
LaGrange Daily News: How long have you lived here?
Denise Mosley: “My husband and two children have lived in LaGrange for nine years now. I am originally from Five Points, Ala.”
LDN: Tell me about your family.
Mosley: “My husband works at Kia … my daughter, Iyanla, is 17 years old and getting ready to graduate from Callaway High School … my son, Ian, is 14 years old and will head to high school next year.
“My kids are everything I wanted them to be. My daughter is humble, sweet and knows so much about the world around her. She’s a deep thinker … always wondering what she can do for the world.
“Ian is a ‘dude’s dude’. I love the fact that he loves sports. He’s so smart. He’s makes good grades without even trying.
“I don’t worry about where my kids will go from here … being in LaGrange has helped with that. Callaway High School is a great school … I appreciate the school system.”
LDN: What do you do for a living?
Mosley: “I am a photojournalist for WTVM TV. It takes up a lot of my time. I get up early in the morning while everyone else is still asleep and go to work. But then I am back home in time to spend time with my kids when they get out of school and when my husband gets home from work.
“I am also a freelance journalist and photojournalist. I am currently working with a high profile company. I did some voice over work for them … We have a good relationship and I hope it continues to grow.
“I also write on a platform on the Huffington Post and that’s been fun.
“Still photography is a passion of mine … I’m working on a serious project in Atlanta that I am really excited about. I like being behind the camera and let my eye create nice photos.”
LDN: You also served in the military. Thank you for your service.
Mosley: “I served in the Army, active duty, the National Guard and the Reserves for 12 years.
“Broadcast journalism was my job in the military … it took me around the world and I met a lot of influential people.”
LDN: What other groups have you been apart of in Troup County?
Mosley: “I was head of a group called Girl Power … it was something I really wanted to do for my daughter and her peers. Iyanla wanted to create something that helped girls have a sense of belonging … I wanted that for her and other girls … (The organization had local headquarters and opened in 2014. They closed about a year and a half later because of lack of funding.) … But I don’t think I was ready to lead the group … the physical, tangible, brick and mortar, I wasn’t quite ready for … We’ll have to wait and see if the organization will ever come back. I don’t know if it will be the same. I don’t know if my daughter, after she graduates from college, will bring it back in another aspect.”
LDN: Is there anything else you hope to do within the community?
Mosley: “Politics is a strong word … I don’t know in what capacity but I would like to be more involved in the community. The recent election has me concerned we’re not as involved as we should be and truly know what’s going on in our community … I want to make this community a better place … for my kids, my neighbors and their kids. I want to keep them informed, whether that’s parents with the PTA or talking to folks in the football stands.”
‘Neighbors’ is a weekly series by the Daily News that highlights community members. To nominate a person to be featured, call the Daily News at 706-884-7311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.