Regional Correspondent, Northwest News Network
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.
According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence of marijuana have risen sharply since...
The preliminary investigation of a deadly wildfire in August gives a detailed account of how three Forest Service firefighters met their deaths near Twisp, Washington.
Food scientists at Washington State University have an unusual new partner to help them evaluate drinks, medicines and sweeteners.
The administration of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is moving ahead with a plan to limit greenhouse gas pollution from the state's largest industrial sources.
A photographer from Wenatchee, Washington, has made a revealing discovery at the scene of a remote and long-abandoned fire lookout: a pile of very old...
A South Puget Sound tribe is planning a grand opening at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday for what it believes is the nation’s first marijuana store on a reservation.
Bellingham, Washington-based Haggen mushroomed in size at the beginning of 2015 by acquiring 146 grocery stores across the West from Boise-based...
If you want to go to college to learn how to design, build, fly or fix a drone, your time has come.
Thousands of federal inmates were sent home Friday after their drug convictions were shortened. That includes dozens of convicts from the Northwest.
News | Climate change | local | PoliticsNorthwest News Network | Oct. 29, 2015 5:04 p.m.
Supporters of a citizens' initiative to create a new tax on carbon emissions in Washington state have delivered most of the petition signatures they they need.
The Boeing Company's unmanned aircraft subsidiary based in the Columbia River Gorge passed a milestone this week in commercializing drone technology.
According to an industry trade group, sales of alternatives to modern wheat are growing at double-digit annual rates.
News | local | Transportation | BusinessNorthwest News Network | Oct. 22, 2015 3:45 p.m.
Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has fallen to worst among the U.S. mainline carriers for mishandled bags.
News | Environment | Pacific Ocean | Animals | localNorthwest News Network | Oct. 21, 2015 2:40 p.m.
Killer whale biologists used a hexacopter drone last month to capture stunning, overhead photos of every single member of the endangered Puget Sound orca population.
Consumer drones look like child's play after you get a look at the unmanned, water-dropping helicopter that was pitched to the federal government...
More than 1.5 million Northwesterners signed up to take part in this year's "Great ShakeOut" on Thursday morning. While "drop, cover and hold" is part...