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.
Shallow, active earthquake faults are being discovered all over Oregon and Washington. Collectively, these may present a higher risk than the better known offshore Cascadia subduction zone.
Tough new laws against handling a cell phone behind the wheel took effect in Washington and Oregon this year. But enforcing those laws has proved tricky.
The rare but ever-present risk of a tsunami has worried people along the Pacific Northwest coast for years.
Fish & Wildlife | Environment | News | local
Commercial and tribal crab fishermen from the Washington coast have agreed to form a working group to discuss how to reduce the risk of entanglement for whales.
After two rescinded business accounts and a bank's change of heart, hemp clothing and accessories retailer Rawganique is back where it started.
local | Environment | News | Recreation
Democratic politicians from the Pacific Northwest are up in arms over a proposal to dramatically increase entrance fees at popular national parks next...
Portland-based Umpqua Bank notified the retailer Rawganique that its merchant account would be terminated because it operates in a "excluded line of business."
When commercial fishermen spool out long lines in pursuit of sablefish (known as black cod to consumers) seabirds looking for an easy meal dive to steal the bait. It can be fatal.
The small Oregon coast town of Gearhart is like many Northwest cities, large and small, grappling with whether and how to regulate short-term rentals of accommodations.
More people than ever—1.2 million in Washington state and more than 570,000 in Oregon—are registered to participate in the annual Great ShakeOut.
Scientists in Oregon and Washington are noticing a disruptive ocean phenomenon is becoming more frequent and extreme.
History buffs, politicians and park rangers gathered Friday to celebrate the restoration of an often overlooked historic site in the Washington State Park system.
Environment | Food | local | News | Fish & Wildlife | Politics
In 2016, the state of Washington made it legal for people to pick up dead deer and elk on the road and take them home. Roadkill salvage has turned out to be a popular thing to do — and it's coming soon to Oregon.