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.
The Evergreen State College in Olympia begins this school year with a drop in enrollment and an imminent hiring freeze.
A majority of large ship operators are cooperating with a request to temporarily slow down in the shared border waters between Victoria and San Juan Island.
Fish & Wildlife | local | Food | Agriculture | News | EnvironmentNorthwest News Network | Aug. 30, 2017 7:15 a.m.
Clallam County, Washington, has put a temporary hold on an aquaculture company's application to relocate and expand a salmon farm near Port Angeles.
Business | local | Transportation | NewsNorthwest News Network | Aug. 23, 2017 10:09 a.m.
A division of aerospace giant Airbus is getting ready to test a pilotless flying air taxi in Oregon.
Fifty-five student teams sponsored by NASA launched high-altitude weather balloons to livestream the eclipse from coast to coast.
Nation | local | News | Education | Environment | Science | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017Northwest News Network | Aug. 8, 2017 7:45 a.m.
This month's total solar eclipse might be the most-studied disappearance of the sun ever, thanks in part to legions of citizen scientists from the Northwest and beyond.
Sooner or later the offshore Cascadia fault zone is going to unleash a monster earthquake and tsunami. When that day comes, the hope is that coastal schools, fire and police stations and hospitals are located high enough so that they don't get washed away when we most need them to be there.
local | Transportation | NewsNorthwest News Network | July 27, 2017 11:45 a.m.
With an assist from Microsoft, Washington state's Department of Transportation has launched a feasibility study of bullet train service in Cascadia.
local | Environment | NewsNorthwest News Network | July 24, 2017 midnight
If you liked the warm, dry start to our Northwest summer, you'll probably like the rest of it. There's no change to the dominant weather pattern in sight.
Heavily armed police officers found no evidence Wednesday morning of an active shooter on the Washington State Capitol Campus following reports of suspicious noises that sounded like gunshots.
As campaign slogans go, it was a good one: "Keep Zombies in Washington." And it worked in the end. The Washington Legislature is preparing to vote...
If you think trying to carry on a conversation in a noisy restaurant or bar is difficult, imagine how orcas in the noisy waters off a busy port feel.
An Orcas Island, Washington, man has become the first person to complete the Race to Alaska on a standup paddleboard.
Agriculture | local | NewsNorthwest News Network | June 23, 2017 3:45 p.m.
More than 1,500 dairy cows embarked on a long voyage Friday from the Pacific Northwest to Vietnam.
Law enforcement prepared for protesters and counterprotesters on the Evergreen State College campus in Olympia, Washington, Thursday afternoon — the day before this year's graduation ceremony.
Civic boosters in an Olympic Peninsula rainforest town are looking to a trove of movie props and costumes to maintain the flow of vampire tourism . A...
Business | Agriculture | local | NewsNorthwest News Network | June 5, 2017 4:15 p.m.
Moses Lake is the scene of a "first planting" demonstration of the non-drug cousin of marijuana in Washington state, where industrial hemp is now legal.
The same law took effect in Oregon last year. It requires insurance companies to cover a 12-month refill of birth control prescriptions instead of making women go to the pharmacy every month.