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

Fire Aftermath: State Parks access shutdown

With the potential for more damage — this time by humans rather than fire — the area torched by the Sliger Fire has been closed to vehicles. State Parks has closed the ...

New Auburn Highway 49 ARCO gas station in works at strategic location

The triangular parcel at Nevada Street and Highway 49 started its business life in 1966 as an A&W drive-in restaurant. For several years it’s seen life as a car wash and ...

Auburn’s Summer of ‘18 band branching out

For a few all-too-brief months, Brotherly Mud did double duty as Auburn’s answer to Will Rogers. The Auburn-based band took a line from the classic American humorist’s ...

Facebook live showdown leads to Penryn child endangerment arrest

A Sacramento homeless woman was arrested after a North Auburn Home Depot shoplifting report that led to a tense traffic stop. The woman was jailed on a suspicion of stealing a pow ...

The man behind the Auburn Journal camera

For the past two years, “Remember This?” has brought you a broad swath of nostalgia-filled photos from the Auburn Journals’ archives. The photos are there becaus ...

Walk in Placer County woods turns up human skull

A hiker walking in a wooded area of Placer County’s Sierra found a human skull on Sunday. Called in to investigate, Placer County sheriff’s detectives and search and r ...