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.
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 | News | EnvironmentNorthwest 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.
Technology | News | Business | local | Economy | 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.
local | News | TransportationNorthwest 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 | News | EnvironmentNorthwest 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.
The proposed takeover by Alaska Airlines of its West Coast rival Virgin America has cleared its biggest hurdle.
A survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor who now lives in Lincoln City, Oregon, has vivid memories of the surprise strike on the Pacific Fleet that pushed the U.S. into World War II.
Home prices in the Seattle and Portland metro areas are the rising faster than anywhere else in the country right now — about twice as fast as the national average.
Animals | Environment | localNorthwest News Network | Nov. 17, 2016 5:46 p.m.
The state Fish and Wildlife departments in Washington and Oregon are seeking — and getting — help from hunters and hikers to track a perplexing epidemic.
Washington state is moving toward a showdown like Oregon went through two years ago about issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.
local | Business | News | Environment | TransportationNorthwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2016 9:40 a.m.
A project to demonstrate that jets could someday be powered by logging leftovers from Northwest forests gets a culminating test Monday morning.
Washington voters gave an overwhelming thumbs down Tuesday to a citizen initiative to impose a direct tax on carbon emissions. But that doesn't look to...
Even though party control isn't shifting at the Oregon State Capitol, there will be a lot of new faces. Nearly a quarter of Oregon House members decided...