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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

Environment | Land | Climate change | local

Retreat Or Fight? Erosion Chews Away Southwest Washington Coast

Northwest 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.


Regional Edible Insect Industry Envisioned By Hopping Startup

Northwest News Network | Sept. 23, 2016 5:02 p.m.

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...

News | Economy | local

Northwest Exporters Brace For Ocean Freight Increases

Northwest News Network | Sept. 20, 2016 4:49 p.m.

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 | local

NW Building Codes Get Tougher To Cut Wildfire Risk For Rural Homes

Northwest 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 | local

Urban Waters Surprisingly Rich In Marine Life Finds High-Tech Sampling

Northwest 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.

News | Politics | local

GM: Self-Driving Cars To Deploy First To Ride-Hailing Companies, Not Individuals

Northwest News Network | Sept. 12, 2016 5:15 p.m.

Washington state policymakers wrestled for much of the day Monday whether and how to regulate self-driving cars.


South Puget Sound City Joins Fray Over Athlete Anthem Protests

Northwest News Network | Sept. 10, 2016 9:39 a.m.

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 | local

Neutral Weather Pattern Sets Up 'Anything Goes' Northwest Winter

Northwest 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 2016

Libertarian Ticket Buys TV Time In NW To Boost Presidential Debate Prospects

Northwest 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 | Animals

Washington Reports 13th Cattle Kill, 5 Wolves Targeted For Death Remain At Large

Northwest 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.

News | Environment | local | Animals

Washington State Legalizes Roadkill Salvage

Northwest News Network | Sept. 2, 2016 3:35 p.m.

Can we interest you in some elk tartare? Or how about venison crash-ciatore? 

Sports | local

A Sport For The Blind That's The Coolest Ballgame You've Never Seen

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2016 6:15 p.m.

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 | local

Olympic Swimmer Receives Triumphal Welcome Home In Bremerton

Northwest 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. 

NW Life | News | Politics | Election | local | Election 2016

Donald Trump Confirms Campaign Visit To Western Washington Next Tuesday

Northwest News Network | Aug. 26, 2016 5:15 p.m.

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 | local

National Park Service Turns 100: Celebrate By Visiting A Park For Free

Northwest 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 | local

Northwest Athletes Bring Home Bunches Of Medals From The Rio Games

Northwest 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.

News | Sports | World | local

An Olympic Double: Portland's Galen Rupp Attempts Marathon Sunday After 10K

Northwest News Network | Aug. 19, 2016 2:19 p.m.

Portland runner Galen Rupp will race in the men's marathon just a week after he finished fifth in the 10,000-meter run.

NW Life | News | Economy | Business | local

Above-Average Jobless Rate In Washington State Refuses To Budge

Northwest News Network | Aug. 17, 2016 7:15 p.m.

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.


Northwest Senators Renew Call To Revise Federal Wildfire Fighting Funding

Northwest News Network | Aug. 15, 2016 5:45 p.m.

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.

Recreation | News | Sports | World | local

Portland Runner Galen Rupp's Olympic Campaign Off To Dramatic Start

Northwest News Network | Aug. 15, 2016 7:45 a.m.

There were medals a-plenty for Northwest athletes competing at the Summer Olympics in Brazil this weekend.