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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

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Show Me The Money: Olympic Runner Seeks Bigger Share For Athletes

Northwest News Network | May 3, 2016 5:16 p.m.

A two-time Olympian from the Pacific Northwest is renting out part of his body on eBay to make a point about the earning prospects for elite American runners.

Science | local | History | News

Army Corps Decides Kennewick Man Should Be Turned Over To Tribes

Northwest News Network | April 28, 2016 7:15 p.m.

An ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man moved a major step forward toward reburial Wednesday.

local | News

New Area Codes Coming To Western Washington, Idaho

Northwest News Network | April 22, 2016 3:04 p.m.

Western Washington will get a new telephone area code next year pending a vote of the state utilities commission. Idaho is rolling out a new area code as well. 

local | Business | News

Alaska Air Upbeat After First Justice Department Meeting About Virgin Takeover

Northwest News Network | April 21, 2016 3:15 p.m.

Alaska Airlines executives sounded upbeat after their first meeting with antitrust regulators about Alaska's proposed acquisition of rival Virgin America.


Northwest's Mountain Snowpack Is Melting Fast This Spring

Northwest News Network | April 19, 2016 6:30 p.m.

The recent unusual warmth felt around in the Northwest — record-setting, in some cases — has compounded the rapid melting of the region's precious mountain snowpack.

local | NW Life | Business | News

Electric Car Incentives In Washington State Expanded To More Models

Northwest News Network | April 18, 2016 6:27 p.m.

Come July, a wider range of fully electric and extended range plug-in hybrid cars will benefit from a sales tax break in Washington state.

local | Politics | News

Wash. Gov. Inslee's Veto Spares Performance Auditors, Cybersecurity Reviews

Northwest News Network | April 18, 2016 5:15 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Monday signed into law an update to the state's two-year budget. It puts more money into the state's mental health hospitals and pays for costs from last summer's wildfires.

Energy | News | local

Alarms Set Off At Hanford After Instruments Detect Rise In Toxic Brew

Northwest News Network | April 18, 2016 5:15 p.m.

An apparent surge in leakage from a huge tank of radioactive waste set off alarms at the Hanford nuclear site in south-central Washington.


Nuclear Developer Details Timeline For Trailblazing Reactor Debut In Idaho

Northwest News Network | April 14, 2016 4:21 p.m.

The future of nuclear energy is being discussed at an international conference in Atlanta Thursday and Friday. And there is heavy presence from the...

Business | News | local | Education | Environment | Energy

Solar Energy Surge In Washington Leads To Reduced Incentives

Northwest News Network | April 14, 2016 10:45 a.m.

People who don't own the perfect roof on which to install solar panels may have the option to buy into a bigger, centrally-located project.

local | News | Economy

Washington Jobless Rate Unchanged In March, But Steady Job Gains Continue

Northwest News Network | April 13, 2016 2:15 p.m.

The unemployment rate in Washington state held steady at 5.8 percent for the fourth consecutive month in March.

local | Environment | News | Water

Beachcombers Still Finding Likely Tsunami Debris More Than 5 Years After Disaster

Northwest News Network | April 10, 2016 3:15 p.m.

The big Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011 happened more than five years ago, but debris from that disaster is still washing ashore on the Pacific...

local | Land use | News

Advertising Coming To Washington State Parks

Northwest News Network | April 6, 2016 6:45 p.m.

"Limited" commercial advertising is coming to Washington State Parks. The state park system will begin placing ads in parks as early as this summer to make itself more self-sustaining.

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Alaska And Virgin: Integration Always A Challenge In Airline Mergers

Northwest News Network | April 4, 2016 6:45 p.m.

Alaska Airlines management is expressing confidence about integrating its rival Virgin America, whose pending acquisition was announced Monday.


Summer Water Outlook Has Grounds For Optimism As Well As Caution

Northwest News Network | March 31, 2016 5:15 p.m.

April 1 is, on average, generally considered the date of the peak snowpack in the Northwest. And around now, is when many irrigation districts begin filling their canals to get ready for watering season.

local | News | Water

Proposed Victoria Travel Ban Withdrawn By Washington State Lawmakers

Northwest News Network | March 29, 2016 5:44 p.m.

Washington state lawmakers proposed a ban on state business travel to Victoria, British Columbia, in an attempt to pressure the city to stop dumping raw sewage into shared border waters.

local | NW Life | Business | News

Bankruptcy Court Approves Sale Of Haggen Grocery Chain To Albertsons

Northwest News Network | March 29, 2016 4:16 p.m.

A U.S. bankruptcy judge Tuesday approved the sale of the profitable core of the Haggen grocery chain to rival Albertsons.

local | Politics | News

What Passed In The Idaho Legislature's 2016 Session?

Northwest News Network | March 27, 2016 1:45 p.m.

The Idaho Legislature has wrapped up for the year without doing anything to address 2016’s highest profile issue: expanding health care coverage for Idaho’s working poor.

local | Politics | Health | News

Idaho Governor Says He Promised Not To Act Unilaterally On Medicaid Expansion

Northwest News Network | March 27, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has scheduled a press conference Monday morning to give his take on the legislative session that just ended.


Idaho's Obamacare Holdout On Expanded Coverage For Working Poor To Continue

Northwest News Network | March 25, 2016 2:08 p.m.

Idaho will remain among the 19 states resisting a key provision of Obamacare. The Idaho Legislature adjourned Friday without agreement on whether to...