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.
Environment | Land | Climate change | localNorthwest News Network | Sept. 28, 2016 9 a.m.
Most places threatened by erosion try to fight back. But the erosion at Southwest Washington's Washaway Beach is so rapid, the question now is to fight or retreat.
A food industry startup from Oregon is ready to sell you something completely different for your mid-morning snack. How about some roasted crickets in...
Exporters are bracing for ocean freight price increases due to the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, one of the trans-Pacific lines serving the Northwest.
News | Environment | Business | localNorthwest News Network | Sept. 18, 2016 1:12 p.m.
Some Northwest cities, counties and private developers are going beyond the minimums in the state building codes to reduce wildfire risk.
Flora and Fauna | Science | Environment | News | Water | localNorthwest News Network | Sept. 16, 2016 1:30 p.m.
Researchers from the University of Washington and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center found the opposite of what they expected when they used a new scientific method to sample the waters of Puget Sound.
Washington state policymakers wrestled for much of the day Monday whether and how to regulate self-driving cars.
A South Puget Sound city has joined the fray over athletes protesting during the national anthem. The mayor of DuPont, Washington, scrubbed a planned...
Environment | NW Life | News | Climate change | localNorthwest News Network | Sept. 8, 2016 5:07 p.m.
What kind of weather might the Northwest be in for this fall and winter? For much of this year, federal forecasters thought a mild La Niña was developing. But no longer.
News | Politics | Election | local | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Sept. 7, 2016 6:45 p.m.
Neither Oregon nor Washington are presidential election battleground states, so the region's TV viewers here have been spared the attendant barrage of campaign commercials. But now the Libertarian presidential ticket is going on the air.
Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | local | AnimalsNorthwest News Network | Sept. 2, 2016 6:48 p.m.
The remaining members of a wolf pack in northeastern Washington targeted for extermination by the state are playing hard to get.
Fresh off the Olympic Games, Brazil now hosts the Paralympic Games. Athletes from the Northwest are flying south to compete in sports such as wheelchair rugby, sitting volleyball — and goalball.
NW Life | Recreation | Sports | localNorthwest News Network | Aug. 30, 2016 10:30 a.m.
Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Nathan Adrian received a rapturous welcome home from his hometown of Bremerton, Washington, Monday.
Donald Trump's campaign has confirmed the Republican presidential nominee is coming to western Washington for a fundraiser and a rally next Tuesday.
NW Life | Flora and Fauna | Nation | Environment | News | Family | localNorthwest News Network | Aug. 24, 2016 4:30 p.m.
There will be free admission to all national parks from Thursday through Sunday to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. President...
Recreation | World | Sports | localNorthwest News Network | Aug. 21, 2016 9:33 p.m.
Eight more Olympic medalists with ties to our region stood on the podium this weekend before Brazilian music brought the Summer Games to a close in Rio.
Portland runner Galen Rupp will race in the men's marathon just a week after he finished fifth in the 10,000-meter run.
Washington state's above-average unemployment rate hasn't budged since last December. For July, the state’s Department of Employment Security Wednesday again pegged it at 5.8 percent.
A bipartisan coalition of Western U.S. lawmakers has renewed a call to change how the federal government pays to put out big forest fires.