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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

Environment | News | local

Enthusiasts, Policymakers Weigh How To Juice Electric Car Sales

Northwest News Network | July 22, 2016 7:30 p.m. | Portland

Hundreds of electric car enthusiasts and policymakers recently gathered in Portland this week to weigh how to spur consumer demand.

News | local | Business

Hip Virgin America Brand Up In The Air After Acquisition By Alaska Airlines

Northwest News Network | July 21, 2016 6:30 p.m.

Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden says his staff is "spending a lot of time" pondering how to merge the different cultures of Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and San Francisco-based Virgin America.

News | local | Business | Economy

NW Utility Hikes Rates To Check Cryptocurrency Server Farms

Northwest News Network | July 20, 2016 6:30 a.m.

Some players in an emerging technology industry in central Washington are about to face higher electric bills. That’s because a major utility wants to protect itself from the uncertainties surrounding the trade in virtual currencies, such as bitcoin.

News | local

Ground Broken For New Runway At Pullman-Moscow Airport

Northwest News Network | July 18, 2016 7 p.m.

Earth movers are beginning to move dirt for a better runway at the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport on the Idaho-Washington border.


Run Soldier Run! From Kenya, To U.S., To Rio Olympics

Northwest News Network | July 14, 2016 5:45 p.m.

Why is the Army grooming Olympic athletes, a bunch of whom only recently became U.S. citizens?

News | Recreation | local | Sports

Portland, Seattle Players Picked For 2016 US Olympic Women's Soccer Team

Northwest News Network | July 12, 2016 6:45 p.m.

Six players from the women's pro soccer teams in Seattle and Portland were named Tuesday to the U.S. Olympic Team for the Summer Games in Brazil.

News | Recreation | Sports | local | Nation

'I'm Going To Rio!' 28 Northwest Track Stars Make US Olympic Team

Northwest News Network | July 11, 2016 9:23 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

Close to one-quarter of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team heading to Brazil next month -- 28 runners and throwers -- have Northwest connections.

News | local | Sports

'Ageless Wonder' Bernard Lagat Qualifies For 5th Olympic Team

Northwest News Network | July 10, 2016 1:33 p.m.

A 41-year-old distance runner nicknamed the "ageless wonder" qualified for the Olympics for a fifth time during the final weekend of the U.S. Olympic...

News | Recreation | Sports | local | Nation

'Ageless Wonder' Bernard Lagat Qualifies For US Olympic Team

Northwest News Network | July 10, 2016 9:25 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

Former Washington State University track star Bernard Lagat finished first in a furious sprint to the finish of the 5,000 meters.

News | Recreation | Sports | local | Nation

First Rose Bowl, Now Olympics For Oregon Ducks' 2-Sport Standout

Northwest News Network | July 9, 2016 11:46 p.m. | Eugene, Oregon

As if excelling at one sport was not enough, University of Oregon football wide receiver Devon Allen is now going to the Summer Olympics ... as a hurdler.

News | Recreation | local | Sports

Team USA Stacked With NW Athletes After 1st Weekend Of Olympic Trials

OPB | July 4, 2016 9:36 a.m. | Eugene, Oregon

The U.S. Olympic Team bound for the Rio Games will be well stocked with Pacific Northwest runners and throwers judging from the first weekend of action at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials in Eugene.

News | NW Life | local

Hobby Drones Persistently Interfering At Wildfires Despite Repeated Warnings

Northwest News Network | July 1, 2016 8:45 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration emailed all 500,000 drone owners in its registry this week to remind them to stay away from wildfires.


'Tracktown' Movie Blurs Lines Between Reality And Fiction

Northwest News Network | July 1, 2016 3:29 p.m.

Art meets real life on so many levels at the Northwest premiere Tuesday of a new movie. "Tracktown" is set in Eugene, Oregon, the city now emblazoned...

News | local | Sports

Northwest Olympic Hopefuls Racing To Rio, Undeterred By Zika Virus

Northwest News Network | June 30, 2016 9 p.m.

More than 1,000 elite runners and throwers are descending on Eugene for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials starting Friday.


10 Northwest Athletes To Watch At The 2016 U.S. Olympic Track And Field Team Trials

Northwest News Network | June 30, 2016 2:35 p.m.

The U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials start Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Among the more than 1,000 elite athletes aiming for a spot...

News | local | Business | Economy

One Trade Pact Signed In Seattle, Bigger One Touted By Japanese Ambassador

Northwest News Network | June 28, 2016 8 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Kenichiro Sasae signed a Memorandum of Cooperation Tuesday to strengthen trade between the Evergreen State and Japan.

News | local | Business

Nike Withdraws Contract Lawsuit Against Rising Track Star

Northwest News Network | June 26, 2016 5 p.m.

In a surprise move, sportswear giant Nike has withdrawn a contract enforcement lawsuit against U.S. track and field star, Boris Berian.

News | local

Going To Alaska The Hard Way: On A Stand Up Paddleboard

Northwest News Network | June 23, 2016 3:54 p.m.

The madcap flotilla of engineless boats entered in the Race to Alaska is safely moored in Victoria harbor. Stage one of the 750-mile adventure race from...

News | local

All Manner Of Waterborne Entries On Starting Line Of Race To Alaska

Northwest News Network | June 22, 2016 9:30 p.m.

The 750-mile Race to Alaska is back for a second year as 43 teams of sailors, rowers and paddlers prepare to set off from Port Townsend.

News | local

Small Drones Ready For Takeoff With Final US Rules, But Many Limits Remain

Northwest News Network | June 22, 2016 8:45 a.m.

Routine operation of small drones for commercial or civilian purposes have clearance for takeoff.