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

A Safeway rises in a sea of station wagons

The first thing you see - after the giant “E” being placed on the front of Auburn’s new Safeway store - is the plethora of station wagons in the parking lot. Tho ...

Countdown on for Auburn Kmart closing

It’s been the Rock Creek Plaza anchor in North Auburn for more than 38 years. But now, with the plaza’s Kmart rolled into a massive shutdown of stores by financially t ...

Cautious Placer Water studies PG&E asset acquisition

Pacific Gas & Electric’s bankruptcy filing has spurred the Placer County Water Agency to voice concerns about the future of a key water supply. “In the wake of PG& ...

Crime In Your Community:

Feb. 4 Zachary Mark Azevedo of Colfax was arrested on Lowell Hill Road in Dutch Flat on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.   Feb. 3 Wesley E ...

Media Life at 15: A look back with thanks

I’d like to step away from columnist mode and thank you, the valued Media Life reader, for allowing me to keep this ongoing experiment in small-town connectivity going on wee ...

I-80 stolen truck chase ends in crash, arrest

A stolen construction company truck crashed and burned, ending a pursuit today from North Auburn to Dutch Flat and then back to Weimar that led to the arrest of the driver. Taken ...