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Regional Correspondent, Northwest News Network

Tom Banse

Tom Banse is a regional correspondent for the Northwest News Network, covering business, environment, public policy, human interest and national news across the Northwest.

Tom has covered state government and the Washington Legislature for more than a decade. He got his start in radio at a public radio station in southern Minnesota, WCAL.

Reared in Seattle, Tom graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in American Studies.

Tom enjoys exploring the Olympic Peninsula backcountry and cooking dinner with his wife and friends.

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Recent Articles

local | Environment | News

Rest Of Northwest Summer Looks As Dry And Warm As 1st Half

Northwest News Network | July 24, 2017 midnight

If you liked the warm, dry start to our Northwest summer, you'll probably like the rest of it. There's no change to the dominant weather pattern in sight.

Music | Economy | Arts | local | News | Business

Piano Sellers Changing Their Tune To Survive

Northwest News Network | July 19, 2017 7:45 a.m.

When you were younger, do you remember there being a piano store in your neighborhood or at the mall? There are many fewer piano dealers than there used...

local | Politics | News

Lockdown Lifted At Washington State Capitol Campus

Northwest News Network | July 12, 2017 10:48 a.m.

Heavily armed police officers found no evidence Wednesday morning of an active shooter on the Washington State Capitol Campus following reports of suspicious noises that sounded like gunshots.


Renewed Film Incentives Increase Odds Of Luring 'Boys In The Boat,' Keeping Zombies

Northwest News Network | July 1, 2017 8:30 a.m.

As campaign slogans go, it was a good one: "Keep Zombies in Washington." And it worked in the end. The Washington Legislature is preparing to vote...

Fish & Wildlife | Nation | Science | local | Animals | News | NW Life

Big Ships Asked To Slow Down To Reduce Noise For Orcas

Northwest News Network | June 29, 2017 4:24 p.m.

If you think trying to carry on a conversation in a noisy restaurant or bar is difficult, imagine how orcas in the noisy waters off a busy port feel.

local | News

Washington Man Paddles Solo From Puget Sound To Alaska

Northwest News Network | June 26, 2017 10:23 a.m.

An Orcas Island, Washington, man has become the first person to complete the Race to Alaska on a standup paddleboard. 

local | Agriculture | News

Nautical Cattle Drive Ships Dairy Cows From Northwest To Vietnam

Northwest News Network | June 23, 2017 3:45 p.m.

More than 1,500 dairy cows embarked on a long voyage Friday from the Pacific Northwest to Vietnam.

local | News

Police Prepare For 'Patriot' Protesters, Counter Protesters At Evergreen State College

Northwest News Network | June 15, 2017 3:30 p.m.

Law enforcement prepared for protesters and counterprotesters on the Evergreen State College campus in Olympia, Washington, Thursday afternoon — the day before this year's graduation ceremony.


New Gallery Pumps Fresh Blood Into Town's Vampire Tourism

Northwest News Network | June 14, 2017 9:40 p.m.

Civic boosters in an Olympic Peninsula rainforest town are looking to a trove of movie props and costumes to maintain the flow of vampire tourism . A...

local | Science | Health | NW Life | News

Taking The Banking Out Of Blood Banking To Save Lives In Remote Places

Northwest News Network | June 5, 2017 4:45 p.m.

A Pacific Northwest blood network is developing a backpack kit that "takes the banking out of blood banking.” 

local | Business | Agriculture | News

Hemp Advocates To Celebrate 1st Planting Of Newly Legalized Crop In Washington

Northwest News Network | June 5, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Moses Lake is the scene of a "first planting" demonstration of the non-drug cousin of marijuana in Washington state, where industrial hemp is now legal.

local | Health | Politics | News

Following Oregon's Lead, Jay Inslee Signs 12-Month Birth Control Refill Bill

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2017 8 a.m.

The same law took effect in Oregon last year. It requires insurance companies to cover a 12-month refill of birth control prescriptions instead of making women go to the pharmacy every month.

local | Nation | Politics | News

Washingtonians Face Choices Soon On What Kind Of State ID To Get

Northwest News Network | May 16, 2017 3:56 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law on Tuesday a measure to bring the state into compliance with federal ID security standards. 

local | Politics | Environment | News

Mr. Floatie To Retire As Victoria Gets Off The Pot On Sewage Treatment

Northwest News Network | May 7, 2017 2 p.m.

A thorn in cross-border relations between the northwestern U.S. and Canada is going away. And therefore so too is one of the best protest mascots in recent history.

local | Education | News

Annual Earthquake Drills Left As Optional For Washington State Schools

Northwest News Network | May 3, 2017 7:15 p.m.

Public schools in Washington state would be encouraged — but not required — to hold at least one earthquake drill per year under a measure scheduled for Gov. Jay Inslee's signature Thursday.

local | Business | News

Whispers In Wenatchee, Washington, Raise Hopes Of Aluminum Industry Revival

Northwest News Network | April 28, 2017 10:09 a.m. | Ferndale, Washington

Public utility commissioners in Chelan County, Washington, take a high stakes vote Monday that could influence whether the aluminum industry makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest.

local | Politics | Environment | News

Washington State Doubling Its Electric Vehicle Fleet

Northwest News Network | April 27, 2017 3:46 p.m. | Olympia, Washington

Prior to this order, the state had about 120 older electric vehicle models such as the Nissan Leaf in its fleet.


Labor Issues Loom For Alaska Airlines-Virgin America Merger

Northwest News Network | April 26, 2017 6:15 p.m.

Unionized pilots at Alaska Airlines and recently acquired Virgin America pulled off a virtual barrel roll Wednesday to get management's attention. The...

local | Eclipse 2017

Solar Eclipse Mania: 1,000 Additional Oregon Campsites Snapped Up In 90 Minutes

Northwest News Network | April 19, 2017 6:33 p.m.

A rare total eclipse of the sun will cross the U.S. on the morning of August 21, 2017. It starts on the Oregon coast and then sweeps east. In Oregon,...


Hefty Mountain Snowpack Foretells 'Epic' Whitewater Season

Northwest News Network | April 7, 2017 2:48 p.m.

April is the traditional start of the whitewater rafting season. The hefty snowpack in the mountains this year is good news for commercial rafting...