After more than 39 years, Champion Newspapers’ production manager Lynn Haws is retiring.
She will continue to work part time at the paper.
“Lynn has been an institution at the Champion for many years,” Champion Newspapers co-owner Will Fleet said. “She is multi-talented and steps in whenever and wherever we need her. We’ve been fortunate to have her as a leader on our team.”
Ms. Haws, a long-time Chino resident, joined the paper in August 1979 as a production assistant. She was promoted to production manager in November 1984.
Over the years, she has overseen the creation of advertisements, legal notices and classified ads. She has also been responsible for working on the Chino Recreation booklet and Chino Connections magazine, updating the Champion’s website and getting the newspaper to press.
Her numerous duties have included serving as the paper’s safety officer, ensuring that Champion employees stay injury-free.
Ms. Haws oversaw the production and advertisements for the nearly year-long project to produce the Champion’s Centennial edition in 1987. The multi-section edition won second place for best special section in 1988 from the National Newspaper Association.
Working at a community paper, Ms. Haws has had other tasks that don’t fall into her job description, including coordinating staff parties, cleaning out the company refrigerator, unloading advertising flyers from trucks and inserting advertising supplements into newspapers.
She grew up in Chino, attending El Rancho Elementary, Ramona and Magnolia junior highs and Chino High (Class of 1972), and has witnessed the growth of the community, especially after the 60 Freeway opened in the early 1970s. She also attended Chaffey College amd Cal Poly Pomona.
Prior to coming to the Champion, she worked at the former Ozzie’s Oasis fast food restaurant when she was a teenager, and later at the former Alphy’s coffee shop as a hostess.
“Lynn Haws has been part of the loyal team that made the Champion such an outstanding community newspaper over the years,” Publisher Emeritus Al McCombs said. “Her contribution and knowledge of the operation during the time I was owner and publisher was invaluable. She has continued to keep me oriented well and deserves more time off. I wish her well in taking it.”