EATON — Effective Monday, Aug. 10, the newest member of The Register-Herald staff has taken on a leadership role in the newsroom.
Braden Moles, a lifelong resident of Preble County, has been named editor of the twice-weekly publication, replacing longtime Sports Editor and Editor Eddie Mowen Jr., who spent nearly 21 years reporting and photographing Preble County news, sports and community events for The Register-Herald.
Moles, a 2017 graduate of Eaton High School, received his B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University in Spring 2020, graduating in three years while working at Henny Penny in Eaton over the summers.
During his time at Ohio State, he took numerous writing and media classes while contributing to The Lantern, Ohio State’s student-run newspaper since 2018, and later interned with Rivals.com covering Ohio State football and men’s basketball.
A sportswriter at heart, Moles has gained valuable experience at The Register-Herald covering meetings, businesses and the people who make up the heart of Preble County.
Helping to lead The Register-Herald through the recent changes, he’ll look to maintain the focus on community which has made The Register-Herald one of the most respected local newspapers and a staple in Ohio print media for 200 years.
“I’m excited to step into this role and thankful to Eddie Mowen Jr., Ron Clausen and AIM Media President and COO Rick Starks for the opportunity to helm this prestigious newspaper,” Moles said. “As a paper, we will continue to focus on the news that makes an impact and provides a voice for the people of Preble County.”
When not writing or reaching out to sources, Moles enjoys watching movies, keeping up with Ohio State football and spending time with friends and family.
Mowen is moving into a management position at L&M Products in Eaton. In his time at The R-H, he was the recipient of numerous news, sports, and feature photography awards from the Ohio Newspaper Association, was recognized numerous times for fair and impartial coverage by the Ohio School Boards Association and has been recognized by the DD Board and Special Olympics for his coverage of their events. He was also the recipient of the Preble County Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award.
Mowen has a passion for supporting Preble County’s youth and scholar athletes, and for over two decades has demonstrated a dedication to Preble County and its residents. Although he will no longer be at the helm of the county’s newspaper, he will continue his work in the community through the Eaton Athletic Boosters, Preble County Athletic Hall of Fame, the Preble County Convention & Visitors Bureau and more.
“I wish Braden the best of luck as he moves into his new role at The Register-Herald,” Mowen said. “I look forward to seeing what the future holds for him and the rest of the staff in the years to come.”