Gus Thomson

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Gus Thomson has reached the 30-year mark with the Auburn Journal and 37 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 30 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 their 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 into the swing era of the 1930s and 1940s. He's also an ice hockey and classic horror film fan. In literature, he's an F. Scott Fitzgerald buff. Gus 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 Sundays in the Journal and online. His Remember This column appears every two weeks on Thursdays.


Recent Work

Frosted flakes: Snow falls in Auburn - finally

Gus Thomson photos   Foresthill had its share. Colfax too over the last couple of weeks. But Auburn had to wait until today to experience its first real snowfall of the wi ...

Mobile food trailer for Gathering Inn

An anonymous donor has stepped up with $70,000 to pay for a mobile food trailer at The Gathering Inn Mid-Placer Emergency Housing Program homeless shelter in North Auburn. The new ...

Auburn’s I-80 McDonald’s is open again

Auburn’s I-80 McDonald’s is open again New building replaces original Auburn eatery   Don and Patricia Masters were back this week on familiar turf, sitting at ...

Giant salmon sculpture coming to Auburn

A sculpture of five giant salmon could soon be gracing Auburn’s Central Square. Auburn City Councilman Bill Kirby is a major proponent of making the sculpture - already comm ...

Alabama company in conservation deal with Placer

A Tuscaloosa, Ala. company is being paid $2.35 million by Placer County for a conservation easement over 300 acres of land it owns near Lincoln. The property includes areas that w ...

Crash on Highway 49 injures 1

Crash on Highway 49 injures 1 Sandy Stockton photo/Auburn Journal Emergency workers attend to the occupant trapped inside a vehicle after a crash on Highway 49 in the Pilot Hill ...