Gus Thomson

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Gus Thomson has reached the 29-year mark with the Auburn Journal and 36 years as a daily newspaper reporter. He's the winner of several state, regional and national awards, most recently receiving a Best Business Reporting 1st place in the prestigious, statewide California Newspaper Publishers Association competition. He's also a proud Auburnite of 29 years.

When not reporting, writing or taking photos for the Journal, Thomson enjoys the time he can share with his wife of 34 years and family. They have three children. You also may spot Gus out on the many trails in and around Auburn. He's completed two California International Marathons and many distance races from 10Ks to half-marathons to 20 milers. He's also a hobbyist guitar player, playing everything from finger-style acoustic to electric. Gus also is a musicologist delving in recent months into the swing era, ice hockey and classic horror film fan, and F. Scott Fitzgerald buff. He was presented with a special award in 2013 by the Placer County Historical Society for his contributions to local history and a similar award in 2014 for his contributions to the annual Veterans Day Parade. 

Thomson can be reached at Media Life column appears Fridays in the Journal and online. His Remember This column appears every two weeks on Sundays.


Recent Work

Auburn arrests after wild theft getaway, crash

  Two female theft suspects are in jail today on suspicion of making a wild, high-speed getaway attempt that ended with a crash in Auburn and a thwarted try to catch an Uber ...

Auburn hires new police chief

Auburn has hired a new police chief. A Facebook post on the Auburn Police Department site made the announcement today, showing a photo of officers flanking new Chief Ryan Kinnan. ...

Light pollution forces comet spotter from Placer

Don Machholz has beaten the robots again. But he’s making a tactical retreat because of billboards. Scanning the morning sky Nov. 7, the Colfax amateur astronomer spotted a ...

Placer-region breaks 1-million job barrier

Regional employment numbers have cracked the 1 million mark, according to new state figures. Numbers for October from the Employment Development Department show the number of peop ...

Crime In Your Community: Sprint tower theft; Gold-laden sand pile missing; More

  Oct. 30 Rose Ann Miller Lathum, 34, of Merced was arrested in the 2200-block of North Auburn’s Grass Valley Highway on suspicion of being under the influence of a co ...

Home Depot theft at crest of Placer mini-crimewave

A pair of suspects caught on security camera are believed to be responsible for a mini-crime wave in Placer County that includes a Home Depot theft in North Auburn. The Placer Cou ...