Gus Thomson

Reporter/Media Life columnist
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Gus Thomson has reached the 26-year mark with the Auburn Journal and 35 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. 

When not reporting, writing or taking photos for the Journal, Thomson enjoys the time he can share with his wife of 29 years, Karen and family. They have three children, ages 29, 26 and 17. You also may spot Gus out on the many trails in and around Auburn. He's a runner who has 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 riffing. Gus also is a musicologist, 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. 

Thomson can be reached at He’s also a regular guest on Capital Public Radio’s “Insight.” His Media Life column appears Fridays in the Journal and online. And you can catch up with Thomson on Twitter at AJ_Media_Life.