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

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 ...

Auburn’s vulture visitor count is on

The six-foot wingspans of the turkey vultures will be more prevalent in Auburn skies over the next month as they visit the city on their migration from Washington State to destinat ...

Crime in Your Community: Auburn jail shower-room altercation; Arrest in Lincoln-area fire; More

  Sept. 11 A 36-year-old North Auburn man reported someone used his credit card to make unauthorized purchases totaling $429 at Williams-Sonoma. Jason Jeremy Sturmer, 31, o ...

Art Deco Landmark Then. Auburn Shopping Plaza Now: Media Life

You may know it as the Auburn Town Center, a bustling business hub often brimming with parked cars just outside the orbit of the city’s Downtown. Just more than 40 years ...

Stolen whitewater raft’s online sale attempt thwarted in Auburn

A whitewater rafting company got back its stolen raft and a Sacramento man was arrested in Auburn after allegedly attempting to sell it online. The Placer County Sheriff’s O ...