Tom Banse

Regional Correspondent

Tom Banse covers business, environment, public policy, human interest and national news across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events are unfolding. Tom's stories can be heard during "Morning Edition," "Weekday," and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Before taking his current beat, Tom covered state government and the Washington Legislature for 12 years. During the early 1990s, he worked in the Seattle bureau of United Press International. He got his start in radio at WCAL–FM, a public station in southern Minnesota. Reared in Seattle, Tom graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in American Studies. In 1996, he spent two months reporting from Bonn and Berlin, Germany on an Arthur F. Burns Fellowship. In 1999, he traversed the globe to cover the Pacific Rim (Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan) on a Jefferson Fellowship.

When not sifting through press releases, listening to lobbyists, or driving lonely highways, Tom enjoys exploring the Olympic Peninsula backcountry and cooking dinner with his wife and friends. Tom's secret ambition is to take six months off work and travel to a faraway place where there are no radios.

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Recent Articles

Prison Inmates Enlisted To Rear Threatened Plants And Animals

Dec. 17, 2014 11:33 p.m.


Washington Unemployment Rate Ticks Up Slightly Amidst Steady Hiring

Dec. 17, 2014 3:51 p.m.


$2 Million In Taxpayer Dollars At Risk In Snake River Dredging Showdown

Dec. 16, 2014 5:22 p.m.


What Would You Do With A Few Seconds Warning Of An Earthquake?

Dec. 15, 2014 5:07 p.m.


Frustrated Amazon Ponders Taking Drone Delivery Testing Abroad

Dec. 10, 2014 11:20 a.m.


Tribes Object To Forced Opening Of 'Sacred Mountain' To Public

Dec. 09, 2014 5:17 p.m.


Head Of Pilots Group Concerned Toy Drone Flyers Don't Know Rules

Dec. 03, 2014 3:27 p.m.


Study: Offshore Fault Where The 'Big One' Originates Eerily Quiet

Dec. 02, 2014 5:58 p.m.


Pilots In Northwest Reporting More 'Near Misses' With Drones

Dec. 02, 2014 5:57 p.m.


Barges Running Aground At Lewiston As Dredging Controversy Drags On

Nov. 25, 2014 3:03 p.m.


Prison Inmates Enlisted To Grow Threatened Plants

Nov. 25, 2014 2:06 p.m.


Delta Air Lines Resets Bar Higher For Pacific Northwest Hub

Nov. 18, 2014 9:01 p.m.


FAA Takes Light Hand In Enforcing Flight Rules For Drones

Nov. 18, 2014 4:04 p.m.


State Drone Regulations Not Cleared For Liftoff In Olympia

Nov. 10, 2014 4:06 p.m.


Traces Of Fukushima Radioactivity Detected In West Coast Waters

Nov. 10, 2014 8:03 a.m.


Timber Salvage After 2014 Wildfires Begins In Fits And Starts

Nov. 07, 2014 10:13 a.m.


Northwest Tribes Take Steps To Corral Growing Wild Horse Population

Nov. 07, 2014 5:45 a.m.


Death Of Child Thrown Off Bridge Renews Attention On Fencing

Nov. 05, 2014 5:01 p.m.


Birth Control Darts Fired At Idaho Wild Horses To Slow Herd Growth

Nov. 03, 2014 8:26 a.m.


Marysville Student, Stepmom Recall Chaos Of School Shooting

Oct. 24, 2014 4:30 p.m.

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