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.
Washington state lawmakers could take preliminary votes to revive plans to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.
Shipwrecks along the Pacific Northwest coast number in the thousands. A handful have become the long-running obsessions of a cadre of shipwreck buffs.
A suburban Portland fire district Tuesday announced the expanded use of a lifesaving smartphone app. The app, called PulsePoint , crowdsources trained...
Drivers and professional lobbyists for the ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are urging lawmakers in Oregon and Washington to replace what they call a "patchwork" of city regulations with uniform statewide rules for their industry.
The parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air flew 13 percent more passengers in the final quarter of 2016 compared to the same period a year ago.
Energy | local | Environment | NewsNorthwest News Network | Feb. 3, 2017 2:09 p.m.
Under the terms of a court settlement, VW has set aside a huge pile of money to make restitution to affected diesel car owners and to the states they live in.
Idaho legislators Monday took the first step towards requiring local police to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement.
A dispute between regional airline Horizon Air and its pilots union is headed to court. It stems from how the sister carrier of Alaska Airlines grapples with an industry-wide shortage of pilots.
Aviation giant Boeing, a corporate sponsor of the inauguration and one of the country's largest exporters, is planning new buyouts and layoffs on top of nearly 11,000 job cuts last year.
local | Environment | NewsNorthwest News Network | Jan. 23, 2017 5:30 a.m.
A new tsunami survival option in the form of a bright orange, high-strength flowing survival capsule has landed in the Pacific Northwest.
The Boeing Company's CEO Tuesday had a second face-to-face meeting with President-elect Donald Trump to talk jet prices.
This Friday's Presidential Inauguration festivities in Washington, DC, are drawing Donald Trump fans and foes alike from the Pacific Northwest.
A state lawmaker from western Washington wants to give you the legal right to tell a drone operator to buzz off.
Alaska Airlines launches a daily flight Thursday morning from Los Angeles to Havana.
Business | local | Economy | Technology | News | TransportationNorthwest News Network | Dec. 27, 2016 midnight
Uber launched its smartphone ride-booking service in Kennewick and Yakima, Washington, last week and similar-sized Oregon cities may get their shot in 2017.
Transportation | News | localNorthwest News Network | Dec. 23, 2016 midnight
The unlucky crewmembers on two big container ships of the bankrupt Hanjin line won't be home for Christmas.
Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has closed the deal to take over West Coast rival Virgin America. The combined carrier will become the nation's fifth-largest airline.
local | Environment | NewsNorthwest News Network | Dec. 13, 2016 4:33 p.m.
Many townspeople and visitors in Long Beach, Washington, likely couldn’t reach high ground in time to escape a tsunami. So the city is moving ahead with a plan to bring high ground to them.
Researchers at Washington State University in Spokane have analyzed well over 100 police deadly force encounters captured on dashcam video or observed in a simulator. That academic research has now turned in a “counter bias” training program.