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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


Tasting Party In Portland Showcases Innovative Vegetable Breeding, New Varieties

Northwest News Network | Sept. 29, 2015 6:10 p.m.

Plant breeders, Northwest chefs and farmers are co-developing innovative new vegetables and grains. The bounty was sampled a tasting party in Portland...


Washington State Receives Grant To Analyze Unimplemented Paid Family Leave Law

Northwest News Network | Sept. 29, 2015 3:12 p.m.

A Washington state lawmaker who has been trying to make paid family leave available to all workers said a new federal grant will be a big help.

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States Preparing For Mass Layoffs At Haggen Stores

Northwest News Network | Sept. 28, 2015 4:14 p.m.

The state employment departments in Oregon and Washington are organizing 'rapid response' teams to help nearly 1,000 grocery workers facing mass layoff.


U.S., China Discuss 'Free And Open Internet'

Northwest News Network | Sept. 23, 2015 6:25 p.m.

Software giant Microsoft had several chances Wednesday to impress Chinese leaders with the company's vision of a "free and open" Internet.


Solar Supplier Warns Of Big Layoffs If Trade Dispute Drags On

Northwest News Network | Sept. 22, 2015 3:36 p.m.

Solar company REC Silicon Tuesday warned of big layoffs at a factory in central Washington if a trade dispute between the U.S. and China drags on much...


Inslee Administration Begins Writing Rule To Cap Carbon Emissions

Northwest News Network | Sept. 21, 2015 3:47 p.m.

The administration of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has officially begun a rulemaking to cap greenhouse gas pollution from large industrial sources. Inslee is flexing his executive powers to bypass the state legislature, which has repeatedly chosen not to put a price on carbon.


Northwest Presents Microcosm Of U.S.-China Risks And Rewards On Eve Of Leader's Visit

Northwest News Network | Sept. 21, 2015 7:52 a.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with titans of Northwest commerce Tuesday and Wednesday on their home turf: Think Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft...

local | Economy | Business | Politics | World

Northwest Business Titans Prepare For Meeting With Chinese President

Northwest News Network | Sept. 19, 2015 1:04 p.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with titans of Northwest commerce this week on their home turf: Think Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon.


Visit By Chinese President To Washington State Now Confirmed

Northwest News Network | Sept. 16, 2015 4:54 p.m.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to the U.S. next week. The first item on the itinerary is a two-day stopover in western Washington.


Declining Unemployment Rates In Washington, Oregon Stuck In Recent Months

Northwest News Network | Sept. 16, 2015 2:34 p.m.

The state unemployment rate in Washington and Oregon was falling at a steady pace in recent years. But lately it's stuck.

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10 Years After 'Twilight,' Forks Remains A Mecca For Vampire Fans

Northwest News Network | Sept. 14, 2015 11:51 a.m.

Over the weekend, vampires were afoot in a small town on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Fans of a bestselling teen vampire romance series flooded into the town of Forks from all over the country.

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No Charges Against Officers Involved In Pasco Shooting

Northwest News Network | Sept. 9, 2015 3:21 p.m.

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Mahjong Night At The Retirement Home: West Meets East In Senior Housing

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2015 8:12 a.m.

It's a dilemma many American families confront: when to ask mom or pop if they're ready to move into an old folks' home.


Park Service Borrows Drone To Guide Olympic Rainforest Wildfire Fight

Northwest News Network | Aug. 28, 2015 5:02 p.m.

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Wildfire Smoke Causes Widespread Disruption To Fall Sports

Northwest News Network | Aug. 27, 2015 3:19 p.m.

At high schools and universities across the Inland Northwest, student athletes have been forced to practice indoors due to dense wildfire smoke.

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Okanogan Complex Firefight Like 'Eating An Elephant'

Northwest News Network | Aug. 26, 2015 3:46 p.m.

Unhealthy smoke continued to blanket large parts of central and eastern Washington state and north Idaho Wednesday.

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Mental Health Team Deployed To Washington Fire Area

Northwest News Network | Aug. 26, 2015 11:38 a.m.

The incident command for Washington's biggest wildfire requested a mental health team to help people in Okanogan County.

local | Nation

Homeowners In Washington Try To Reduce Fire Risk

Northwest News Network | Aug. 26, 2015 9:10 a.m.

The Okanogan fire burning in Washington is the largest wildfire in the state's history. Some area homeowners cleared brush to keep the fire away. One built a nonflammable concrete home.

local | News | Environment

Firefighters Make Progress On Nation's No. 1 Priority Wildfire

Northwest News Network | Aug. 25, 2015 3:58 p.m.

More firefighters continue to arrive on the front lines of the nation's highest priority wildfire. It's the 400 square mile complex of lightning-sparked...

local | News | Environment

Firefighters Proclaim 'Great Progress' On Washington Fires

Northwest News Network | Aug. 25, 2015 7:03 a.m.

The fight against the huge wildfires in north central Washington has turned a corner. Fire bosses have even started using words like "optimistic."