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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


Solar Eclipse Mania: 1,000 Additional Oregon Campsites Snapped Up In 90 Minutes

Northwest News Network | April 19, 2017 6:33 p.m.

A rare total eclipse of the sun will cross the U.S. on the morning of August 21, 2017. It starts on the Oregon coast and then sweeps east. In Oregon,...


Hefty Mountain Snowpack Foretells 'Epic' Whitewater Season

Northwest News Network | April 7, 2017 2:48 p.m.

April is the traditional start of the whitewater rafting season. The hefty snowpack in the mountains this year is good news for commercial rafting...


WSU Researchers Find 'Sleep Gene' Common To 3 Species Including Humans

Northwest News Network | April 5, 2017 4:52 p.m.

If you have trouble getting a good night's sleep, it could be in your DNA. A team led by Washington State University-Spokane researchers has discovered...

Business | News | local

Chill On Our Legal Marijuana: Northwest Governors Write To Trump Administration

Northwest News Network | April 3, 2017 4:30 p.m.

The governors of Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska have written a joint letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asking for forbearance with their marijuana policy experiments.

Business | News | Food | local

Who Raises The Best Steak? Japan And US Ranchers Cultivate Related Bloodlines

Northwest News Network | March 29, 2017 6:45 p.m.

Kobe beef is expensive and hard to get, but it is getting easier and easier these days to find more affordable “American style Kobe beef" at your neighborhood upscale grocery.

NW Life | Business | News | local

Formerly All-Boeing Alaska Air To Keep Airbus Jets 'For The Foreseeable Future'

Northwest News Network | March 29, 2017 6:30 p.m.

Alaska Airlines executives say the integration of former rival Virgin America is proceeding on track; however, one thing left up in the air was how long Alaska will keep Virgin America's Airbus fleet.

History | NW Life | News | local

How To Respectfully Dispose Of An Aging Totem Pole

Northwest News Network | March 21, 2017 8 a.m.

In 1961, the City of Seattle shipped to its new sister city of Kobe, Japan, a 35-foot tall totem crowned by a thunderbird figure with wooden wings spread wide.

News | local

Oregon Agency Plans Earthquake-Proof Buildings For Government 'Continuity'

Northwest News Network | March 9, 2017 5:45 p.m.

An Oregon agency is proposing two new earthquake proof buildings near the state Capitol in Salem to ensure government continuity after a magnitude 9 offshore megaquake.

News | local

Airline Pilots Report Drone Sightings On SeaTac And PDX Airport Approaches

Northwest News Network | March 3, 2017 5:21 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration says reports of unsafe flying by civilian drones "have increased dramatically" over the past two years.

News | local

Guatemala Expels 'Abortion Ship' Activists From Washington State

Northwest News Network | March 2, 2017 6:15 p.m.

A Washington couple and several other international activists narrowly avoided arrest during a maritime abortion rights protest in the waters off Guatemala.

Business | News | local

Unusual Fog Clearing Apparatus Keeps Airline Passengers Moving

Northwest News Network | March 2, 2017 9:15 a.m.

When Mother Nature throws travelers a curve ball and freezing fog descends over the airport in Medford, Oregon, it can delay takeoffs and landings.

NW Life | News | local

Lawmakers Move To Revive Plan To Replace I-5 Bridge Over Columbia River

Northwest News Network | Feb. 21, 2017 6:15 p.m.

Washington state lawmakers could take preliminary votes to revive plans to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River.

History | News | local

Shipwreck Hunters Pursue 'Holy Grails' Of West Coast Wrecks

Northwest News Network | Feb. 18, 2017 8:30 a.m.

Shipwrecks along the Pacific Northwest coast number in the thousands. A handful have become the long-running obsessions of a cadre of shipwreck buffs.


Bystander CPR App Expands Coverage To Private Homes In Pilot Project

Northwest News Network | Feb. 14, 2017 7:46 a.m.

A suburban Portland fire district Tuesday announced the expanded use of a lifesaving smartphone app. The app, called PulsePoint , crowdsources trained...

News | local

Washington, Oregon Legislation Sidelines Cities To Help Uber, Lyft Expand Statewide

Northwest News Network | Feb. 9, 2017 7:45 p.m.

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.

Business | News | local

Alaska Air Stock Hits Record High After Earnings Report, Merger With Virgin America

Northwest News Network | Feb. 8, 2017 2:30 p.m.

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.

local | Energy | News | Environment

Oregon, Washington Team Up For Share Of VW Emissions Settlement Money

Northwest 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.

Politics | Nation | News | local

Idaho Legislature Moves To Nip 'Sanctuary Cities' In The Bud

Northwest News Network | Jan. 31, 2017 7:45 a.m.

Idaho legislators Monday took the first step towards requiring local police to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement.

Business | News | local

Pilots Union At Horizon Air Complains About $10,000 Bonus For New Hires

Northwest News Network | Jan. 27, 2017 6:30 p.m.

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.

Economy | News | Nation | local | Politics | Business

Boeing To Start Trump Era With New Wave Of Downsizing

Northwest News Network | Jan. 23, 2017 5:30 a.m.

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.