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.
Environment | News | localNorthwest News Network | July 22, 2016 7:30 p.m. | Portland
Hundreds of electric car enthusiasts and policymakers recently gathered in Portland this week to weigh how to spur consumer demand.
Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden says his staff is "spending a lot of time" pondering how to merge the different cultures of Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and San Francisco-based Virgin America.
Some players in an emerging technology industry in central Washington are about to face higher electric bills. That’s because a major utility wants to protect itself from the uncertainties surrounding the trade in virtual currencies, such as bitcoin.
Earth movers are beginning to move dirt for a better runway at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport on the Idaho-Washington border.
Why is the Army grooming Olympic athletes, a bunch of whom only recently became U.S. citizens?
News | Recreation | local | SportsNorthwest News Network | July 12, 2016 6:45 p.m.
Six players from the women's pro soccer teams in Seattle and Portland were named Tuesday to the U.S. Olympic Team for the Summer Games in Brazil.
News | Recreation | Sports | local | NationNorthwest News Network | July 11, 2016 9:23 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon
Close to one-quarter of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team heading to Brazil next month -- 28 runners and throwers -- have Northwest connections.
A 41-year-old distance runner nicknamed the "ageless wonder" qualified for the Olympics for a fifth time during the final weekend of the U.S. Olympic...
News | Recreation | Sports | local | NationNorthwest News Network | July 10, 2016 9:25 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon
Former Washington State University track star Bernard Lagat finished first in a furious sprint to the finish of the 5,000 meters.
News | Recreation | Sports | local | NationNorthwest News Network | July 9, 2016 11:46 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon
As if excelling at one sport was not enough, University of Oregon football wide receiver Devon Allen is now going to the Summer Olympics ... as a hurdler.
News | Recreation | local | SportsOPB | July 4, 2016 9:36 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon
The U.S. Olympic Team bound for the Rio Games will be well stocked with Pacific Northwest runners and throwers judging from the first weekend of action at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Eugene.
The Federal Aviation Administration emailed all 500,000 drone owners in its registry this week to remind them to stay away from wildfires.
Art meets real life on so many levels at the Northwest premiere Tuesday of a new movie. "Tracktown" is set in Eugene, Oregon, the city now emblazoned...
More than 1,000 elite runners and throwers are descending on Eugene for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials starting Friday.
The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials start Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Among the more than 1,000 elite athletes aiming for a spot...
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Kenichiro Sasae signed a Memorandum of Cooperation Tuesday to strengthen trade between the Evergreen State and Japan.
In a surprise move, sportswear giant Nike has withdrawn a contract enforcement lawsuit against U.S. track and field star, Boris Berian.
The madcap flotilla of engineless boats entered in the Race to Alaska is safely moored in Victoria harbor. Stage one of the 750-mile adventure race from...
The 750-mile Race to Alaska is back for a second year as 43 teams of sailors, rowers and paddlers prepare to set off from Port Townsend.
Routine operation of small drones for commercial or civilian purposes have clearance for takeoff.