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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 | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Geologists Keep Finding More Northwest Earthquake Faults

Shallow, active earthquake faults are being discovered all over Oregon and Washington. Collectively, these may present a higher risk than the better known offshore Cascadia subduction zone.

local | News | Business | Economy

Washington Unemployment Again Touches Record Low

The statewide unemployment rate in Washington again touched a record low of 4.5 percent in October.

local | Technology | Business | News | Transportation

Airbus Flying Robo-Taxi Arrives In Oregon To Begin Flight Testing

The battery-powered, self-flying aircraft has been reassembled after shipping and is now undergoing ground tests at Pendleton, Oregon's airport.

local | Transportation | News

Alaska Airlines To Discontinue Flights To Cuba

Alaska Airlines will discontinue flights to Havana after the holidays. Alaska joins a parade of other U.S. carriers who are trimming back flights to Cuba or dropping service entirely.

local | Politics | News

Compliance With Toughened NW Distracted Driving Laws Needs Improvement

Tough new laws against handling a cell phone behind the wheel took effect in Washington and Oregon this year. But enforcing those laws has proved tricky.

local | Environment | News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Coastal Village Moving To Higher Ground To Escape Tsunami, Flooding Threat

The rare but ever-present risk of a tsunami has worried people along the Pacific Northwest coast for years.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | local

Washington Crabbers Form Group Aiming To Reduce Whale Entanglement

Commercial and tribal crab fishermen from the Washington coast have agreed to form a working group to discuss how to reduce the risk of entanglement for whales.

local | Business | News

Washington Hemp Retailer's Banking Saga Ends Back Where It Started

After two rescinded business accounts and a bank's change of heart, hemp clothing and accessories retailer Rawganique is back where it started.

Environment | local | News | Fish & Wildlife | Animals | Water

Entangled: Making The Sea Safer For Whales

Oregon crabbers are working with marine scientists to make the seas safer for whales and to avoid a black mark on their brand.

local | Environment | News | Recreation

Northwest Democrats Up In Arms Over National Park Fee Hikes

Democratic politicians from the Pacific Northwest are up in arms over a proposal to dramatically increase entrance fees at popular national parks next...

local | Business | News

Hemp Firm Goes Through 'Baffling Ordeal' After Banks Decline Its Business

Portland-based Umpqua Bank notified the retailer Rawganique that its merchant account would be terminated because it operates in a "excluded line of business."

Pacific Ocean | Environment | Food | local | Flora and Fauna | Sustainability | Fish & Wildlife

Fishermen, Researchers Try To Outsmart Bait-Robbing Seabirds To Save Them

When commercial fishermen spool out long lines in pursuit of sablefish (known as black cod to consumers) seabirds looking for an easy meal dive to steal the bait. It can be fatal.

local | News

Voters In Oregon Coast Town To Weigh In On Vacation Rental Limits

The small Oregon coast town of Gearhart is like many Northwest cities, large and small, grappling with whether and how to regulate short-term rentals of accommodations.

local | News

Washington State Playing Catch Up On Earthquake Safety Of Critical Buildings

More people than ever—1.2 million in Washington state and more than 570,000 in Oregon—are registered to participate in the annual Great ShakeOut.

local | Technology | Business | News | Transportation

New Proposal Calls For Dedicated Lanes On I-5 For Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars would one day take over Interstate 5 to the exclusion of human drivers under a proposal aired out before Washington state transportation advisors Tuesday.

local | News | Agriculture | Economy | Business

Washington's 1st Legal, Modern-Day Hemp Crop Harvested, But Needs A Buyer

The first Washington state farmer to plant the non-drug cousin of cannabis has harvested the crop. 

Pacific Ocean | local | Environment

Coastal Researchers, Fishermen Concerned About More Frequent Low Oxygen Zones

Scientists in Oregon and Washington are noticing a disruptive ocean phenomenon is becoming more frequent and extreme.

local | History | News

Restoration Completed Of Cabin Where Washington History Was Made

History buffs, politicians and park rangers gathered Friday to celebrate the restoration of an often overlooked historic site in the Washington State Park system.

local | Technology | Business | News | Transportation

Washington Startup Unveils Plans For Electric Jet

On Thursday, Kirkland, Washington-based startup Zunum Aero unveiled the specs for a hybrid electric jet.

Environment | Food | local | News | Fish & Wildlife | Politics

Roadkill Salvage Proves Quite Popular In Washington

In 2016, the state of Washington made it legal for people to pick up dead deer and elk on the road and take them home. Roadkill salvage has turned out to be a popular thing to do — and it's coming soon to Oregon.