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" 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.  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.

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 beyond the reach of email.


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Recent Articles

Could Salmon Be Reintroduced Above Grand Coulee Dam?

Jan. 28, 2015 10:05 a.m.


Oregon, Washington Propose $12 State Minimum Wages

Jan. 26, 2015 9 p.m.


Passengers Unlikely To Benefit From Decline In Airline Fuel Costs

Jan. 22, 2015 3:09 p.m.


2014 Good For Job Creation In Washington and Oregon

Jan. 22, 2015 2:55 p.m.


Star Soccer Goalie Hope Solo Of Seattle Suspended By U.S. National Team

Jan. 21, 2015 10:16 p.m.


Respect Thy Neighbors: Privacy Invasion By Hobby Drones Targeted In Olympia

Jan. 21, 2015 3:32 p.m.


Legalization Passed, But Should Old Marijuana Convictions Stay?

Jan. 19, 2015 10:06 a.m.


New School On Washington Coast To Provide Tsunami Refuge

Jan. 16, 2015 10:21 a.m.


Complications Abound For Hemp Farming In Northwest

Jan. 13, 2015 5:42 p.m.


Assault Charges Dropped Against Seattle Soccer Star Hope Solo

Jan. 13, 2015 4:26 p.m.


Dredging Of Lower Snake River Channel Begins

Jan. 12, 2015 3:28 p.m.


Adventurers Attempt Winter Thru-Hike Of Pacific Crest Trail

Jan. 09, 2015 5:38 p.m.


Idaho Startup Wins FAA Approval For Drones In Farming

Jan. 07, 2015 3:34 p.m.


Judge OKs Dredging On Lower Snake River

Jan. 07, 2015 9:49 a.m.


Roads Reopen, Flood Cleanup Underway In Western Washington

Jan. 06, 2015 5:33 p.m.


Judge Gives Okay For Snake River Dredging To Proceed

Jan. 06, 2015 7:53 a.m.


Grafted Tomato-Potato Plant Yields 'Ketchup 'n' Fries'

Jan. 02, 2015 4:31 p.m.


Judge Mulls Whether To Dismiss Charges Against Soccer Star Hope Solo

Dec. 30, 2014 6:46 p.m.


National Park Service Receives Lively Comments Over Proposed Fee Hikes

Dec. 29, 2014 12:28 p.m.


Canada Beckons With Favorable Exchange Rate

Dec. 24, 2014 1:07 p.m.

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