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

Placer jail-bed count to drop in North Auburn

Placer County’s North Auburn jail will soon have fewer beds for inmates. But the drop isn’t as drastic as initially planned. The Board of Supervisors OK’d a shi ...

5 reasons not to miss Auburn’s Veterans Day parade

It’s perhaps the Auburn community’s most emotional expression of respect and thanks and it happens every year on Veterans Day. The city’s Veterans Day parade dra ...

Stereos targeted, chains cut on gate

Stereo-navigation system units on new cars on the Auburn Toyota lot were the targets in a plus-$100,000 theft. In all, 25 units were stolen in an overnight break-in last week at t ...

Election results: Auburn City Council, Placer Bond Measure, Parks Board

Auburn has elected a new City Council member and a $42 million Placer High School bond measure is on its way to voter approval. Attorney Sandra Amara finished second in a field of ...

Auburn prowler alert more than late-night Halloween scare

A report of two men prowling around a residential area of Luther Road in North Auburn during the early morning hours of Wednesday led to an arrest shortly afterward by Placer Count ...

Thriving Champ's hotspot then; Auburn I-80 offramp now

Media Life’s “Then & Now” installment this week takes you to a place where thoughts of coronary bypasses took a holiday and good times abounded. Picture this ...