Before taking his current beat, Tom covered state government and the Washington Legislature for 12 years. He got his start in radio at WCAL–FM, a public station in southern Minnesota. Reared in Seattle, Tom graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in American Studies.
When not sifting through press releases, listening to lobbyists, or driving lonely highways, Tom enjoys exploring the Olympic Peninsula backcountry and cooking dinner with his wife and friends. Tom's secret ambition is to take six months off work and travel to a faraway place beyond the reach of email.
When temperatures rise this spring, you're bound to hear the occasional sad tale of a dog locked in a hot car in the sun.
Thousands of people are expected to start long distance treks on the Pacific Crest Trail this year.
New ownership is giving new hope to a decrepit, unseaworthy fishing boat with a notable literary pedigree.
The congressional wrangling over immigration policy -- which threatens to cut off Homeland Security money later this week -- is spilling over to the...
In Olympia, legislative budget writers got a shot of good news Friday regarding tax collections.
The cutterhead on Seattle's troubled tunnel boring machine broke through the wall of a rescue pit at midday Friday.
The sun rose and then quickly set again on a proposal by some state legislators to abolish daylight saving time in Washington state.
A county judge has ruled that a flower shop in the Tri-Cities broke the law when it refused to serve a gay couple planning a wedding two years ago.
Amazon.com provided a rare look Friday inside one of its gigantic, high tech warehouses.
Legislative moves to limit school immunization exemptions are drawing vocal opposition from some parents. Opponents of mandatory vaccination crowded a...
The worsening labor dispute at West Coast container ports is causing shippers to search for alternate pathways to and from Asia.
Eleven packs of wolves have recolonized northeastern Washington. Now besieged politicians from that area are seriously proposing to relocate some of...
Have electric cars been on the market long enough to stand on their own without public subsidies?
The Washington state Senate voted unanimously Wednesday to make hemp farming legal. The measure now goes to the state House for further consideration.
Sometimes it's a vengeful ex-lover; sometimes a thief or a hacker is behind it. Either way, explicit, private photos of people keep getting out on the...
Some Oregon and Washington legislators want to end the yearly practice of springing forward and falling back.
It's been a tough winter so far for many Cascade Mountains ski resorts. Five in Oregon and Washington have suspended operations until they get more snow...
It's been 75 years since salmon and steelhead last swam into the upper reaches of the Columbia River above Grand Coulee Dam.
Oregon could leapfrog Washington to have the highest state minimum wage in the country if the Democratically-controlled Legislature approves a proposed...