Jonathan Haukaas has been named editor of The Reflector.
Jonathan was promoted to lead reporter soon after his hire in 2016 and was recognized by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association for both his reporting and photography within his first year.
“Jonathan has been an asset to our news team from day one and I am proud to call him our editor,” said publisher of The Reflector, Laura Venneri. “In addition to his writing skills, hard work, dedication and connection with the community, he understands how to work as a team. He’s known to help whenever and wherever needed and I love that about him.”
Jonathan’s promotion coincides with that of Michael Wagar, who earlier this month was named president of The Reflector’s parent company, Lafromboise Communications.
“Jonathan has so many qualities that he brings to his new position,” Wagar said. “He is smart and committed to this community. He has a good nose for the news that The Reflector readers have come to expect after former owner, publisher and editor Marvin Case set such a high standard.
“Jonathan too has high standards and embraces the ethics that a good editor possesses: making sure the newsroom is focused on doing what is best for its readers. He is also just a pleasure to be around.”
Jonathan, a native of Longview, graduated from Washington State University Vancouver in December 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in communications. During his time there, he reported for the school newspaper, The VanCougar.
When he’s not sniffing out stories in North County, Jonathan spends his time with his wife, Sara Haukaas, and their two cats. He is an avid reader, tennis player, and foodie.