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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


Marijuana Breathalyzer Under Development To Nab Drivers Taking the 'High' Road

Northwest News Network | Nov. 23, 2015 6:04 p.m.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, fatal crashes involving drivers under the influence of marijuana have risen sharply since...

News | local

Preliminary Report On Deadly August Wildfire Raises More Questions Than Answers

Northwest News Network | Nov. 20, 2015 10:17 p.m.

The preliminary investigation of a deadly wildfire in August gives a detailed account of how three Forest Service firefighters met their deaths near Twisp, Washington.

News | Politics | local | Sports | Business

Fantasy Sports Industry Asks Washington Legislature To Be Legalized

Northwest News Network | Nov. 20, 2015 5:54 p.m.

Washington and Montana are two of only six states that keep out fantasy sports operators such as FanDuel and DraftKings.

News | Food | local | Science

Face To Face With A Wine Tasting 'Electronic Tongue'

Northwest News Network | Nov. 18, 2015 3:45 p.m.

Food scientists at Washington State University have an unusual new partner to help them evaluate drinks, medicines and sweeteners.

News | Politics | local

Washington State Plowing Ahead With Greenhouse Gas Limits

Northwest News Network | Nov. 18, 2015 3:45 p.m.

The administration of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is moving ahead with a plan to limit greenhouse gas pollution from the state's largest industrial sources.

Environment | local

Very Old Firewood Tells A Tale Of Flammable Forests

Northwest News Network | Nov. 11, 2015 6:30 p.m.

A photographer from Wenatchee, Washington, has made a revealing discovery at the scene of a remote and long-abandoned fire lookout: a pile of very old...


Washington Tribe Opens Nation's First Reservation Marijuana Store

Northwest News Network | Nov. 11, 2015 2:50 p.m.

A South Puget Sound tribe is planning a grand opening at 4:20 p.m. on Thursday for what it believes is the nation’s first marijuana store on a reservation.


Albertsons Makes A Bid To Get Stores Back In Haggen Bankruptcy

Northwest News Network | Nov. 10, 2015 4:02 p.m.

Bellingham, Washington-based Haggen mushroomed in size at the beginning of 2015 by acquiring 146 grocery stores across the West from Boise-based...

News | Education | local

Drones Go To College: Northwest Universities Add Programs in Unmanned Aerial Systems

Northwest News Network | Nov. 5, 2015 5:57 p.m.

If you want to go to college to learn how to design, build, fly or fix a drone, your time has come.


Washington State Votes To Shut Down Ivory Trade

Northwest News Network | Nov. 3, 2015 11:26 p.m.

By a wide margin, Washington voters have enacted a state law banning the trade in elephant ivory, rhino horns and certain other endangered wildlife parts.


Seattle Ride The Ducks Tours To Remain Suspended

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

"Ride the Ducks" amphibious tours in Seattle will remain suspended until at least January of next year. That was the bottom line from an update about...


Some NW Federal Drug Offenders See Prison Terms Shortened

Northwest News Network | Nov. 1, 2015 noon

Thousands of federal inmates were sent home Friday after their drug convictions were shortened. That includes dozens of convicts from the Northwest.

News | Climate change | local | Politics

Washington Initiative To Create Carbon Tax Turns In Signatures

Northwest News Network | Oct. 29, 2015 5:04 p.m.

Supporters of a citizens' initiative to create a new tax on carbon emissions in Washington state have delivered most of the petition signatures they they need.


Boeing Subsidiary Makes Drone Test Flights To Monitor Railway

Northwest News Network | Oct. 28, 2015 4:39 p.m.

The Boeing Company's unmanned aircraft subsidiary based in the Columbia River Gorge passed a milestone this week in commercializing drone technology.

News | Food | local

Move Over Wheat, Demand Rises For 'Ancient' Alternatives

Northwest News Network | Oct. 26, 2015 10:53 a.m.

According to an industry trade group, sales of alternatives to modern wheat are growing at double-digit annual rates.

News | local | Transportation | Business

Alaska Airlines Sees Mishandled Bags Incidents Rise

Northwest News Network | Oct. 22, 2015 3:45 p.m.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has fallen to worst among the U.S. mainline carriers for mishandled bags.

News | Environment | Pacific Ocean | Animals | local

Drone Captures Stunning Pictures Of Killer Whales

Northwest News Network | Oct. 21, 2015 2:40 p.m.

Killer whale biologists used a hexacopter drone last month to capture stunning, overhead photos of every single member of the endangered Puget Sound orca population.


FCC Offers Eye-Popping Initial Bids For Northwest TV Airwaves

Northwest News Network | Oct. 20, 2015 5:31 p.m.


Feds Check Out Unmanned Aircraft For Fighting Wildfires

Northwest News Network | Oct. 20, 2015 9:47 a.m.

Consumer drones look like child's play after you get a look at the unmanned, water-dropping helicopter that was pitched to the federal government...


Tsunami Vertical Evacuation Adds Twist To Earthquake Drill On Northwest Coast

Northwest News Network | Oct. 16, 2015 10:05 a.m.

More than 1.5 million Northwesterners signed up to take part in this year's "Great ShakeOut" on Thursday morning. While "drop, cover and hold" is part...