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.
Transportation | local | News | BusinessNorthwest News Network | Oct. 20, 2016 10:14 a.m.
Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden said he remains confident that a proposed takeover of rival Virgin America will happen.
Washington state employers added 20,000 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis last month according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from the state’s Employment Security Department.
A hacked email from the Hillary Clinton campaign reveals some interesting names considered early on as possible Democratic vice presidential picks, including Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Microsoft's Bill Gates and Melinda Gates.
Spokane-based Avista Utilities and Seattle City Light are diving into a new line of business: charging up electric cars.
Washington state set a new one-day record for voter registrations Sunday, topping 23,000 in a single day. So what was behind the big spike in new voter...
Technology | Energy | local | Environment | NewsNorthwest News Network | Oct. 3, 2016 9:38 a.m.
A startup company from North Idaho captivated donors and YouTube viewers worldwide a few years ago with its idea for turning roads and parking lots into solar farms.
Climate change | NW Life | local | News | EnvironmentNorthwest News Network | Sept. 30, 2016 7 p.m.
A group of natural gas utilities in Washington Friday filed the third legal challenge this week to new state limits on global warming pollution.
Climate change | local | Environment | LandNorthwest News Network | Sept. 28, 2016 9 a.m.
Most places threatened by erosion try to fight back. But the erosion at Southwest Washington's Washaway Beach is so rapid, the question now is to fight or retreat.
A food industry startup from Oregon is ready to sell you something completely different for your mid-morning snack. How about some roasted crickets in...
Exporters are bracing for ocean freight price increases due to the collapse of Hanjin Shipping, one of the trans-Pacific lines serving the Northwest.
local | Environment | Business | NewsNorthwest News Network | Sept. 18, 2016 1:12 p.m.
Some Northwest cities, counties and private developers are going beyond the minimums in the state building codes to reduce wildfire risk.
Water | Science | News | Environment | Flora and Fauna | localNorthwest News Network | Sept. 16, 2016 1:30 p.m.
Researchers from the University of Washington and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center found the opposite of what they expected when they used a new scientific method to sample the waters of Puget Sound.
Washington state policymakers wrestled for much of the day Monday whether and how to regulate self-driving cars.
A South Puget Sound city has joined the fray over athletes protesting during the national anthem. The mayor of DuPont, Washington, scrubbed a planned...
Climate change | NW Life | local | News | EnvironmentNorthwest News Network | Sept. 8, 2016 5:07 p.m.
What kind of weather might the Northwest be in for this fall and winter? For much of this year, federal forecasters thought a mild La Niña was developing. But no longer.
Politics | local | News | Election | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Sept. 7, 2016 6:45 p.m.
Neither Oregon nor Washington are presidential election battleground states, so the region's TV viewers here have been spared the attendant barrage of campaign commercials. But now the Libertarian presidential ticket is going on the air.
News | Animals | Fish & Wildlife | Environment | localNorthwest News Network | Sept. 2, 2016 6:48 p.m.
The remaining members of a wolf pack in northeastern Washington targeted for extermination by the state are playing hard to get.
Fresh off the Olympic Games, Brazil now hosts the Paralympic Games. Athletes from the Northwest are flying south to compete in sports such as wheelchair rugby, sitting volleyball — and goalball.
NW Life | local | Recreation | SportsNorthwest News Network | Aug. 30, 2016 10:30 a.m.
Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Nathan Adrian received a rapturous welcome home from his hometown of Bremerton, Washington, Monday.