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Regional Correspondent

Tom Banse

Tom Banse covers business, environment, public policy, human interest and national news across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events are unfolding. Tom's stories can be heard during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Before taking his current beat, Tom covered state government and the Washington Legislature for 12 years.  He got his start in radio at WCAL–FM, a public station in southern Minnesota. Reared in Seattle, Tom graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in American Studies.

When not sifting through press releases, listening to lobbyists, or driving lonely highways, Tom enjoys exploring the Olympic Peninsula backcountry and cooking dinner with his wife and friends. Tom's secret ambition is to take six months off work and travel to a faraway place beyond the reach of email.

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Recent Articles


Obama Clean Power Plan Demands Emissions Reductions

Northwest News Network | Aug. 4, 2015 7:54 a.m.

The Obama administration set carbon dioxide limits for electric power plants Monday. The objective is to combat climate change by clamping down on power plant pollution, especially coal-fired electricity.


Northwest Veterans To Return WWII Flags To Japanese Prime Minister

Northwest News Network | Aug. 3, 2015 5:11 p.m.

A pair of World War II veterans from the Pacific Northwest and their escorts will return 70 inscribed Japanese flags Tuesday directly to the prime...


Artistic Re-Do Of Small Town Post Office Nixed By Bureaucracy

Northwest News Network | July 31, 2015 9:14 a.m.

The U.S. Postal Service has nixed a privately-funded campaign to turn a small town post office in central Washington into a major artistic attraction.


PenAir To Establish Hub At Portland International Airport

Northwest News Network | July 29, 2015 4:24 p.m.

An Anchorage-based commuter airline is opening a new hub in Portland. Peninsula Airways, better known as PenAir, is a well-established Alaska carrier...


70 Years Later, WWII Vets Return To Japan

Northwest News Network | July 28, 2015 4:11 p.m.

Seven Pacific Northwest veterans of World War II leave for Tokyo Thursday. They're carrying 70 captured Japanese flags to return for the 70th anniversary of the end of the war. Seven Pacific Northwest veterans of World War II leave for Tokyo Thursday. They're carrying 70 captured Japanese flags to return for the 70th anniversary of the end of the war.


Alaska Airlines 'Thriving' Despite Stiff Competition From Delta, Says CEO

Northwest News Network | July 23, 2015 4:40 p.m.

The parent company of Alaska Airlines reported the highest quarterly profit in its history Thursday despite stiff competition in the Northwest skies.

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World Cup Victory Gives Women's Pro Soccer A Boost

Northwest News Network | July 23, 2015 9 a.m.

The biggest crowd to ever watch a National Women's Soccer League match filled Providence Park in downtown Portland stadium Wednesday evening. More than...


Where Do Wildland Firefighters Get Their Supplies?

Northwest News Network | July 21, 2015 6:57 a.m.

There are five regional wildfire supply storehouses in the Northwest operated by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, which you might call the for wildland firefighting.


Pro Instructor: Staying Hydrated A Key To Backcountry Survival

Northwest News Network | July 16, 2015 9:56 a.m.

Embedded in the captivating story of plane crash survivor Autumn Veatch is a cautionary tale about dehydration.


Northwest States In Top 10 Nationally For Job Growth

Northwest News Network | July 15, 2015 1:43 p.m.

Washington, Idaho and Oregon have all placed in the top ten nationally for job growth over the past year.


Hospital Discharges 'Miracle' Survivor Of North Cascades Plane Crash

Northwest News Network | July 15, 2015 8:12 a.m.

A north central Washington hospital has discharged a Bellingham girl who emerged from the woods alive two days after a plane crash.


911 Tape: Teen Passenger Says No Others Survived Plane Crash

Northwest News Network | July 14, 2015 4:46 p.m.

Nearly two days after surviving a plane crash in the rugged North Cascades, 16-year-old Autumn Veatch walked out of the wilderness.

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Teen Survivor Walks Out Of Woods 2 Days After Plane Crash

Northwest News Network | July 13, 2015 11:10 p.m.

Sixteen-year-old Autumn Veatch of Bellingham, Washington, walked out of the woods Monday afternoon -- two days after surviving a small plane crash.


Washington Legislature Adjourns After Approving $508M To Unclog Traffic

Northwest News Network | July 10, 2015 3:19 p.m.

The Washington Legislature finally adjourned its 2015 session Friday. The last piece of business was for the state House to approve $508 million in new...


Washington Guard To Trade Bulky Tanks For Nimble Strykers

Northwest News Network | July 9, 2015 2:44 p.m.

Amidst further downsizing confirmed by the U.S. Army Thursday, the Washington National Guard got good news.


Standoff Creates Big Hole In Washington State's New Budget

Northwest News Network | July 3, 2015 8:02 p.m.

Washington state's brand new operating budget was not even hours old Wednesday when it sprung a big hole. A $2 billion hole.


Researchers Target Policy Makers, Treaty Negiotiators in New Climate Change Study

Northwest News Network | July 3, 2015 9:38 a.m.

The window of opportunity to prevent grave ecological damage to our oceans from climate change is closing. That's according to a paper appearing Friday...


Tesla, BMW Culled From Washington State Electric Car Sales Tax Break

Northwest News Network | July 1, 2015 6:03 p.m.

A few minutes past the last minute, the Washington Legislature renewed an expiring tax incentive to promote non-polluting plug-in cars.


A Pilgrimage To Minidoka: 'We Can See The Memories Slipping Away'

Northwest News Network | July 1, 2015 10:16 a.m.

Living witnesses to the forced relocation of West Coast Japanese-Americans during World War II are growing fewer every year. Many who were incarcerated...


Northwest Pro Soccer Stars To Face Off In World Cup

Northwest News Network | June 29, 2015 5:12 p.m.

A U.S. national team stocked with players from Northwest pro soccer teams faces its toughest test to date at the FIFA Women's World Cup.