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.
local | Environment | NewsNorthwest 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.
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.
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...
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.
An Orcas Island, Washington, man has become the first person to complete the Race to Alaska on a standup paddleboard.
local | Agriculture | NewsNorthwest 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.
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.
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...
local | Business | Agriculture | NewsNorthwest 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.
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.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law on Tuesday a measure to bring the state into compliance with federal ID security standards.
local | Politics | Environment | NewsNorthwest News Network | May 7, 2017 2 p.m.
A thorn in cross-border relations between the northwestern U.S. and Canada is going away. And therefore so too is one of the best protest mascots in recent history.
Public schools in Washington state would be encouraged — but not required — to hold at least one earthquake drill per year under a measure scheduled for Gov. Jay Inslee's signature Thursday.
Public utility commissioners in Chelan County, Washington, take a high stakes vote Monday that could influence whether the aluminum industry makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest.
local | Politics | Environment | NewsNorthwest News Network | April 27, 2017 3:46 p.m. | Olympia, Washington
Prior to this order, the state had about 120 older electric vehicle models such as the Nissan Leaf in its fleet.
Unionized pilots at Alaska Airlines and recently acquired Virgin America pulled off a virtual barrel roll Wednesday to get management's attention. The...
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,...
April is the traditional start of the whitewater rafting season. The hefty snowpack in the mountains this year is good news for commercial rafting...