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.
The proposed takeover by Alaska Airlines of its West Coast rival Virgin America has cleared its biggest hurdle.
A survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor who now lives in Lincoln City, Oregon, has vivid memories of the surprise strike on the Pacific Fleet that pushed the U.S. into World War II.
Home prices in the Seattle and Portland metro areas are the rising faster than anywhere else in the country right now — about twice as fast as the national average.
Environment | Animals | localNorthwest News Network | Nov. 17, 2016 5:46 p.m.
The state Fish and Wildlife departments in Washington and Oregon are seeking — and getting — help from hunters and hikers to track a perplexing epidemic.
Washington state is moving toward a showdown like Oregon went through two years ago about issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.
Environment | News | Transportation | Business | localNorthwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2016 9:40 a.m.
A project to demonstrate that jets could someday be powered by logging leftovers from Northwest forests gets a culminating test Monday morning.
Washington voters gave an overwhelming thumbs down Tuesday to a citizen initiative to impose a direct tax on carbon emissions. But that doesn't look to...
Even though party control isn't shifting at the Oregon State Capitol, there will be a lot of new faces. Nearly a quarter of Oregon House members decided...
local | News | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Nov. 9, 2016 11:15 a.m.
Washington state voters said "yes" to a higher minimum wage, said "no" to what would have been a history-making state carbon tax and rendered a split decision on several campaign finance reform ideas in Tuesday's general election.
Five Northwest ski resorts have changed hands in about the past month in a series of unrelated deals. The ownership of Stevens Pass and The Summit at...
Canadian residents generally can't vote in our election, but they can gamble on the outcome through the provincial lottery. And the bets are piling up.
Environment | News | localNorthwest News Network | Nov. 2, 2016 4:24 p.m.
A vast pool of warmer-than-normal ocean water off of the West Coast continues to mess with our weather and sea life. It's nicknamed "The Blob."
local | News | Election | Politics | Election 2016Northwest News Network | Oct. 26, 2016 7:30 p.m.
Voters in Washington state have proven to be allergic to a state income tax. But at this November's election, a city tax on high incomes is on the ballot in Olympia.
Piloting a jetliner was once a glamorous profession. Then came the 9/11 terror attacks, airline bankruptcies and pension cuts. And entry-level pilots worked for peanuts.
local | News | Transportation | 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...