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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

NW Life | News | local

Lawmakers Move To Revive Plan To Replace I-5 Bridge Over Columbia River

Northwest News Network | Feb. 21, 2017 6:15 p.m.

Washington state lawmakers could take preliminary votes to revive plans to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.

History | News | local

Shipwreck Hunters Pursue 'Holy Grails' Of West Coast Wrecks

Northwest News Network | Feb. 18, 2017 8:30 a.m.

Shipwrecks along the Pacific Northwest coast number in the thousands. A handful have become the long-running obsessions of a cadre of shipwreck buffs.


Bystander CPR App Expands Coverage To Private Homes In Pilot Project

Northwest News Network | Feb. 14, 2017 7:46 a.m.

A suburban Portland fire district Tuesday announced the expanded use of a lifesaving smartphone app. The app, called PulsePoint , crowdsources trained...

News | local

Washington, Oregon Legislation Sidelines Cities To Help Uber, Lyft Expand Statewide

Northwest News Network | Feb. 9, 2017 7:45 p.m.

Drivers and professional lobbyists for the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are urging lawmakers in Oregon and Washington to replace what they call a "patchwork" of city regulations with uniform statewide rules for their industry.

Business | News | local

Alaska Air Stock Hits Record High After Earnings Report, Merger With Virgin America

Northwest News Network | Feb. 8, 2017 2:30 p.m.

The parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air flew 13 percent more passengers in the final quarter of 2016 compared to the same period a year ago.

Energy | local | Environment | News

Oregon, Washington Team Up For Share Of VW Emissions Settlement Money

Northwest News Network | Feb. 3, 2017 2:09 p.m.

Under the terms of a court settlement, VW has set aside a huge pile of money to make restitution to affected diesel car owners and to the states they live in.

Politics | Nation | News | local

Idaho Legislature Moves To Nip 'Sanctuary Cities' In The Bud

Northwest News Network | Jan. 31, 2017 7:45 a.m.

Idaho legislators Monday took the first step towards requiring local police to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement.

Business | News | local

Pilots Union At Horizon Air Complains About $10,000 Bonus For New Hires

Northwest News Network | Jan. 27, 2017 6:30 p.m.

A dispute between regional airline Horizon Air and its pilots union is headed to court. It stems from how the sister carrier of Alaska Airlines grapples with an industry-wide shortage of pilots.

Politics | Business | local | Economy | Nation | News

Boeing To Start Trump Era With New Wave Of Downsizing

Northwest News Network | Jan. 23, 2017 5:30 a.m.

Aviation giant Boeing, a corporate sponsor of the inauguration and one of the country's largest exporters, is planning new buyouts and layoffs on top of nearly 11,000 job cuts last year.

local | Environment | News

A New Tsunami Survival Option Arrives In The Pacific Northwest

Northwest News Network | Jan. 23, 2017 5:30 a.m.

A new tsunami survival option in the form of a bright orange, high-strength flowing survival capsule has landed in the Pacific Northwest. 

Politics | Business | News | local

Boeing Chief Meets With Trump About Air Force One, Fighter Costs

Northwest News Network | Jan. 17, 2017 3:16 p.m.

The Boeing Company's CEO Tuesday had a second face-to-face meeting with President-elect Donald Trump to talk jet prices.

Politics | Nation | Election | News | local

Donald Trump's Inauguration Draws Fans, Foes From Pacific Northwest

Northwest News Network | Jan. 16, 2017 10:30 a.m.

This Friday's Presidential Inauguration festivities in Washington, DC, are drawing Donald Trump fans and foes alike from the Pacific Northwest.


Washingtonians Could Get Legal Right To Say 'Don't Fly That Drone Over My House!'

Northwest News Network | Jan. 10, 2017 8:30 p.m.

A state lawmaker from western Washington wants to give you the legal right to tell a drone operator to buzz off.

Economy | Nation | News | local

Alaska Airlines Launches Service To Havana Amid Uncertainty About Cuba Policy

Northwest News Network | Jan. 4, 2017 7 p.m.

Alaska Airlines launches a daily flight Thursday morning from Los Angeles to Havana.

Business | local | Economy | Technology | News | Transportation

Ride-Hailing Apps Gradually Expanding Coverage In Northwest

Northwest News Network | Dec. 27, 2016 midnight

Uber launched its smartphone ride-booking service in Kennewick and Yakima, Washington, last week and similar-sized Oregon cities may get their shot in 2017.

Transportation | News | local

Hanjin Crews Stranded Indefinitely On Salish Sea Receive Christmas Cheer

Northwest News Network | Dec. 23, 2016 midnight

The unlucky crewmembers on two big container ships of the bankrupt Hanjin line won't be home for Christmas.

Health | Animals | Food | News | local

The Legal Haze Clouding Cannabis For Pets

Northwest News Network | Dec. 21, 2016 11:16 a.m.

If cannabis helps some humans feel better, how about people's best friends?

NW Life | Business | News | local

Alaska Air Closes On Takeover Of Rival Virgin America

Northwest News Network | Dec. 14, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has closed the deal to take over West Coast rival Virgin America. The combined carrier will become the nation's fifth-largest airline.

local | Environment | News

Long Beach, Washington, Unveils Design For Tsunami Safe Haven

Northwest News Network | Dec. 13, 2016 4:33 p.m.

Many townspeople and visitors in Long Beach, Washington, likely couldn’t reach high ground in time to escape a tsunami. So the city is moving ahead with a plan to bring high ground to them.

NW Life | News | local

Battling The Bias: WSU Researchers Develop New Police Simulator Training

Northwest News Network | Dec. 12, 2016 5 p.m.

Researchers at Washington State University in Spokane have analyzed well over 100 police deadly force encounters captured on dashcam video or observed in a simulator. That academic research has now turned in a “counter bias” training program.