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.
Plant breeders, Northwest chefs and farmers are co-developing innovative new vegetables and grains. The bounty was sampled a tasting party in Portland...
A Washington state lawmaker who has been trying to make paid family leave available to all workers said a new federal grant will be a big help.
The state employment departments in Oregon and Washington are organizing 'rapid response' teams to help nearly 1,000 grocery workers facing mass layoff.
Solar company REC Silicon Tuesday warned of big layoffs at a factory in central Washington if a trade dispute between the U.S. and China drags on much...
The administration of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has officially begun a rulemaking to cap greenhouse gas pollution from large industrial sources. Inslee is flexing his executive powers to bypass the state legislature, which has repeatedly chosen not to put a price on carbon.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with titans of Northwest commerce Tuesday and Wednesday on their home turf: Think Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft...
Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with titans of Northwest commerce this week on their home turf: Think Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to the U.S. next week. The first item on the itinerary is a two-day stopover in western Washington.
The state unemployment rate in Washington and Oregon was falling at a steady pace in recent years. But lately it's stuck.
Over the weekend, vampires were afoot in a small town on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Fans of a bestselling teen vampire romance series flooded into the town of Forks from all over the country.
It's a dilemma many American families confront: when to ask mom or pop if they're ready to move into an old folks' home.
At high schools and universities across the Inland Northwest, student athletes have been forced to practice indoors due to dense wildfire smoke.
Unhealthy smoke continued to blanket large parts of central and eastern Washington state and north Idaho Wednesday.
The incident command for Washington's biggest wildfire requested a mental health team to help people in Okanogan County.
local | News | EnvironmentNorthwest News Network | Aug. 25, 2015 3:58 p.m.
More firefighters continue to arrive on the front lines of the nation's highest priority wildfire. It's the 400 square mile complex of lightning-sparked...
local | News | EnvironmentNorthwest News Network | Aug. 25, 2015 7:03 a.m.
The fight against the huge wildfires in north central Washington has turned a corner. Fire bosses have even started using words like "optimistic."