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

Unusually Mild Start To Autumn Across Northwest

Oct. 21, 2014 8:54 a.m.

Long-Range Forecast Calls For Warmer, Drier Winter

Oct. 17, 2014 3:37 p.m.

Chilly Water No Deterrent To Growing Numbers Of 'Wild Swimmers'

Oct. 17, 2014 10:22 a.m.

Job Growth Stalls In Washington And Oregon During September

Oct. 15, 2014 3:19 p.m.

Washington State Police Push Back Against Limits On Drones

Oct. 13, 2014 4:20 p.m.

Cross-Time Photos From Northwest Lookouts Reveal Big Changes

Oct. 11, 2014 11:42 a.m.

'If You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em' Say Diners Noshing On Invasive Species

Oct. 08, 2014 2:10 p.m.

Military Drone Maker in Columbia River Gorge Sees Great Potential In Civil Uses

Oct. 06, 2014 3:34 p.m.

Amazon Asks FAA For Permission To Test Aerial Delivery Drones Near Seattle

Oct. 03, 2014 2:50 p.m.

Oregon, Washington Hope To Use Drones For Wildfire Recon In 2015

Oct. 02, 2014 9:12 p.m.

Eastern Oregon Drone Test Range Chalks Up First Flight

Oct. 01, 2014 3:32 p.m.

Cannon Beach 5K Injects Fun Into Tsunami Readiness

Sept. 29, 2014 9:17 a.m.

What's For Dinner? How 'Bout Nutria, Bullfrog Legs, Sorrel And Carp

Sept. 22, 2014 8:13 a.m.

Alaska Airlines Schedules More Rescue Flights From Mexico

Sept. 19, 2014 8:17 a.m.

Marijuana Tax Collections Starting To Roll In, Millions More Expected

Sept. 18, 2014 4:49 p.m.

Alaska Airlines Launching Rescue Flights To Mexico

Sept. 18, 2014 2:58 p.m.

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady In August In Washington State

Sept. 17, 2014 3:11 p.m.

Suspected Enterovirus Outbreak Widens In Northwest

Sept. 16, 2014 3:37 p.m.

Hockey Inquiry Turns On Whether Players Are 'Student Athletes' Or Workers

Sept. 12, 2014 5:09 p.m.

Remotely Monitored Video Cameras Replace Some Human Fire Lookouts

Sept. 10, 2014 4:02 p.m.

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