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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

local | Education | News

Enrollment Drops At Evergreen State College, Hiring Freeze Coming

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2017 6:01 p.m.

The Evergreen State College in Olympia begins this school year with a drop in enrollment and an imminent hiring freeze.

local | Environment

Ships Voluntarily Slow Down For Underwater Noise Reduction Trial

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2017 9 a.m.

A majority of large ship operators are cooperating with a request to temporarily slow down in the shared border waters between Victoria and San Juan Island.

Fish & Wildlife | local | Food | Agriculture | News | Environment

Atlantic Salmon Escape Fans Opposition To Proposed Fish Farm

Northwest News Network | Aug. 30, 2017 7:15 a.m.

Clallam County, Washington, has put a temporary hold on an aquaculture company's application to relocate and expand a salmon farm near Port Angeles.

Business | local | Transportation | News

Airbus Flying Robo-Taxi Readied For Testing In Oregon

Northwest News Network | Aug. 23, 2017 10:09 a.m.

A division of aerospace giant Airbus is getting ready to test a pilotless flying air taxi in Oregon.

local | News | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

High-Altitude Balloons Have Mixed Success Giving New Views Of Eclipse

Northwest News Network | Aug. 22, 2017 7:45 a.m.

Fifty-five student teams sponsored by NASA launched high-altitude weather balloons to livestream the eclipse from coast to coast.

Nation | local | News | Education | Environment | Science | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Want A Unique Solar Eclipse Experience? Become A Citizen Scientist

Northwest News Network | Aug. 8, 2017 7:45 a.m.

This month's total solar eclipse might be the most-studied disappearance of the sun ever, thanks in part to legions of citizen scientists from the Northwest and beyond.

local | Politics | News | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Tsunami Zone Update Gets Pushback From Oregon Coast Legislators

Northwest News Network | Aug. 1, 2017 7:45 a.m.

Sooner or later the offshore Cascadia fault zone is going to unleash a monster earthquake and tsunami. When that day comes, the hope is that coastal schools, fire and police stations and hospitals are located high enough so that they don't get washed away when we most need them to be there. 

local | Transportation | News

High-Speed Rail From Portland To Vancouver, BC? Feasibility Study Underway

Northwest News Network | July 27, 2017 11:45 a.m.

With an assist from Microsoft, Washington state's Department of Transportation has launched a feasibility study of bullet train service in Cascadia.

local | Environment | News

Rest Of Northwest Summer Looks As Dry And Warm As 1st Half

Northwest News Network | July 24, 2017 midnight

If you liked the warm, dry start to our Northwest summer, you'll probably like the rest of it. There's no change to the dominant weather pattern in sight.

Economy | Business | Arts | Music | local | News

Piano Sellers Changing Their Tune To Survive

Northwest News Network | July 19, 2017 7:45 a.m.

When you were younger, do you remember there being a piano store in your neighborhood or at the mall? There are many fewer piano dealers than there used...

local | Politics | News

Lockdown Lifted At Washington State Capitol Campus

Northwest News Network | July 12, 2017 10:48 a.m.

Heavily armed police officers found no evidence Wednesday morning of an active shooter on the Washington State Capitol Campus following reports of suspicious noises that sounded like gunshots.


Renewed Film Incentives Increase Odds Of Luring 'Boys In The Boat,' Keeping Zombies

Northwest News Network | July 1, 2017 8:30 a.m.

As campaign slogans go, it was a good one: "Keep Zombies in Washington." And it worked in the end. The Washington Legislature is preparing to vote...

Nation | Fish & Wildlife | NW Life | local | News | Animals | Science

Big Ships Asked To Slow Down To Reduce Noise For Orcas

Northwest News Network | June 29, 2017 4:24 p.m.

If you think trying to carry on a conversation in a noisy restaurant or bar is difficult, imagine how orcas in the noisy waters off a busy port feel.

local | News

Washington Man Paddles Solo From Puget Sound To Alaska

Northwest News Network | June 26, 2017 10:23 a.m.

An Orcas Island, Washington, man has become the first person to complete the Race to Alaska on a standup paddleboard. 

Agriculture | local | News

Nautical Cattle Drive Ships Dairy Cows From Northwest To Vietnam

Northwest News Network | June 23, 2017 3:45 p.m.

More than 1,500 dairy cows embarked on a long voyage Friday from the Pacific Northwest to Vietnam.

local | News

Police Prepare For 'Patriot' Protesters, Counter Protesters At Evergreen State College

Northwest News Network | June 15, 2017 3:30 p.m.

Law enforcement prepared for protesters and counterprotesters on the Evergreen State College campus in Olympia, Washington, Thursday afternoon — the day before this year's graduation ceremony.


New Gallery Pumps Fresh Blood Into Town's Vampire Tourism

Northwest News Network | June 14, 2017 9:40 p.m.

Civic boosters in an Olympic Peninsula rainforest town are looking to a trove of movie props and costumes to maintain the flow of vampire tourism . A...

Science | Health | NW Life | local | News

Taking The Banking Out Of Blood Banking To Save Lives In Remote Places

Northwest News Network | June 5, 2017 4:45 p.m.

A Pacific Northwest blood network is developing a backpack kit that "takes the banking out of blood banking.” 

Business | Agriculture | local | News

Hemp Advocates To Celebrate 1st Planting Of Newly Legalized Crop In Washington

Northwest News Network | June 5, 2017 4:15 p.m.

Moses Lake is the scene of a "first planting" demonstration of the non-drug cousin of marijuana in Washington state, where industrial hemp is now legal.

Health | Politics | local | News

Following Oregon's Lead, Jay Inslee Signs 12-Month Birth Control Refill Bill

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2017 8 a.m.

The same law took effect in Oregon last year. It requires insurance companies to cover a 12-month refill of birth control prescriptions instead of making women go to the pharmacy every month.