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

Giant Statement: New murals electrify Downtown Auburn walls

Two new giant murals are now gracing the Downtown Auburn streetscape. Using robotics and specially formulated graffiti paint, Estonia-based SprayPrinter moved in Friday and Saturd ...

Four escape as fire destroys Auburn house

Four occupants of an Auburn home were able to escape a late-night fire. The fire early Monday left the house at Landis Circle and Los Altos Drive on the outskirts of Downtown Aubu ...

Firefighter on Placer County's North Fire dies in Interstate 80 crash

A bulldozer operator and father of four, bulldozer operator Tony Flores was killed in a crash on Interstate 80 while driving to the North Fire command post Tuesday at Blue Canyon. ...

Motorcycle rider injured in Downtown Auburn

Gus Thomson photo A motorcycle rider was taken to the hospital by ambulance at about 1 p.m. in Downtown Auburn. The incident took place at High Street and East Placer Street. The ...

Jurassic Encounter: Fun reigns at Auburn’s Gold Country Fair

The food and the fun, the farm animals and the excitement of the midway held Auburn in their grip at the Gold Country Fair this past week. And if there was one official food for a ...

Media Life: Things We’d Like To See Come Back … But Probably Won’t

Forgive me if I miss one of your favorite haunts. After nearly 30 years in Auburn you start missing the things that were once part of your life — things that you took for gr ...