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

Driver dies in I-80 tanker truck crash

A driver of a tanker truck carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel was killed after going off Interstate 80 near Dutch Flat and crashing down an embankment. The driver — a 64-year-ol ...

Fire threat ignites new subdivision's exit concerns

An Auburn Planning Commission recommendation to the City Council to approve a rezoning allowing a 65-home development to proceed  will move ahead with a proviso on fire safety ...

Sheriff: Suspect killed after Placer shooting death

A homicide suspect was shot in a confrontation with deputies and officers Tuesday, following shootings between Loomis and Newcastle, the Placer County Sheriff's Office said tod ...

DUI bike rider; Felon with shotgun; More

Dec. 31 Marques Nicole Hawley, 25, of Concord, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The turnover for arrest to the California Highway Patr ...

Deputy in close call with DUI driving suspect

A Sacramento man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after a near-collision with a patrol vehicle in North Auburn, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said today. Th ...

Raging American River then. Time bomb now

A reminder. While Auburn has experienced some wild, wet and windy days this rainy season, we could still be in for worse. Much worse. Take early 1997 as an example. A “no ...