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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

Transportation | local | News | Business

Alaska Air Confident DOJ Will Clear Merger With Virgin America Despite Delay

Northwest 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 Jobless Rate Ticks Down On Strong Job Growth

Northwest News Network | Oct. 19, 2016 5:15 p.m.

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.

Politics | local | Nation | News | Election | Election 2016

Hacked Email: Starbucks' Schultz Or Microsoft's Gates For Vice President?

Northwest News Network | Oct. 18, 2016 6:15 p.m.

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.

local | Environment

Northwest Utilities Amp Up New Business Line Of Charging Electric Cars

Northwest News Network | Oct. 14, 2016 7 p.m.

Spokane-based Avista Utilities and Seattle City Light are diving into a new line of business: charging up electric cars.

local | Election 2016

Single Day Voter Registration Record Smashed In Washington State On Debate Sunday

Northwest News Network | Oct. 10, 2016 5:58 p.m.

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 | News

Solar Panels That You Can Walk And Drive Across Debut In North Idaho

Northwest 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 | Environment

Industry Lawsuits Mount Against Washington State's New Carbon Cap

Northwest 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 | Land

Retreat Or Fight? Erosion Chews Away Southwest Washington Coast

Northwest 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.


Regional Edible Insect Industry Envisioned By Hopping Startup

Northwest News Network | Sept. 23, 2016 5:02 p.m.

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...

local | Economy | News

Northwest Exporters Brace For Ocean Freight Increases

Northwest News Network | Sept. 20, 2016 4:49 p.m.

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 | News

NW Building Codes Get Tougher To Cut Wildfire Risk For Rural Homes

Northwest 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 | local

Urban Waters Surprisingly Rich In Marine Life Finds High-Tech Sampling

Northwest 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.

Politics | local | News

GM: Self-Driving Cars To Deploy First To Ride-Hailing Companies, Not Individuals

Northwest News Network | Sept. 12, 2016 5:15 p.m.

Washington state policymakers wrestled for much of the day Monday whether and how to regulate self-driving cars.


South Puget Sound City Joins Fray Over Athlete Anthem Protests

Northwest News Network | Sept. 10, 2016 9:39 a.m.

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 | Environment

Neutral Weather Pattern Sets Up 'Anything Goes' Northwest Winter

Northwest 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 2016

Libertarian Ticket Buys TV Time In NW To Boost Presidential Debate Prospects

Northwest 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 | local

Washington Reports 13th Cattle Kill, 5 Wolves Targeted For Death Remain At Large

Northwest 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.

Animals | local | Environment | News

Washington State Legalizes Roadkill Salvage

Northwest News Network | Sept. 2, 2016 3:35 p.m.

Can we interest you in some elk tartare? Or how about venison crash-ciatore? 

local | Sports

A Sport For The Blind That's The Coolest Ballgame You've Never Seen

Northwest News Network | Aug. 31, 2016 6:15 p.m.

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 | Sports

Olympic Swimmer Receives Triumphal Welcome Home In Bremerton

Northwest 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.