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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

Nation | News | Business | local | Economy | Politics

Boeing To Start Trump Era With New Wave Of Downsizing

Northwest News Network | Jan. 23, 2017 5:30 a.m.

Aviation giant Boeing, a corporate sponsor of the inauguration and one of the country's largest exporters, is planning new buyouts and layoffs on top of nearly 11,000 job cuts last year.

local | News | Environment

A New Tsunami Survival Option Arrives In The Pacific Northwest

Northwest News Network | Jan. 23, 2017 5:30 a.m.

A new tsunami survival option in the form of a bright orange, high-strength flowing survival capsule has landed in the Pacific Northwest. 

local | Business | News | Politics

Boeing Chief Meets With Trump About Air Force One, Fighter Costs

Northwest News Network | Jan. 17, 2017 3:16 p.m.

The Boeing Company's CEO Tuesday had a second face-to-face meeting with President-elect Donald Trump to talk jet prices.

Election | local | Nation | News | Politics

Donald Trump's Inauguration Draws Fans, Foes From Pacific Northwest

Northwest News Network | Jan. 16, 2017 10:30 a.m.

This Friday's Presidential Inauguration festivities in Washington, DC, are drawing Donald Trump fans and foes alike from the Pacific Northwest.


Washingtonians Could Get Legal Right To Say 'Don't Fly That Drone Over My House!'

Northwest News Network | Jan. 10, 2017 8:30 p.m.

A state lawmaker from western Washington wants to give you the legal right to tell a drone operator to buzz off.

local | Economy | News | Nation

Alaska Airlines Launches Service To Havana Amid Uncertainty About Cuba Policy

Northwest News Network | Jan. 4, 2017 7 p.m.

Alaska Airlines launches a daily flight Thursday morning from Los Angeles to Havana.

Technology | News | Business | local | Economy | Transportation

Ride-Hailing Apps Gradually Expanding Coverage In Northwest

Northwest News Network | Dec. 27, 2016 midnight

Uber launched its smartphone ride-booking service in Kennewick and Yakima, Washington, last week and similar-sized Oregon cities may get their shot in 2017.

local | News | Transportation

Hanjin Crews Stranded Indefinitely On Salish Sea Receive Christmas Cheer

Northwest News Network | Dec. 23, 2016 midnight

The unlucky crewmembers on two big container ships of the bankrupt Hanjin line won't be home for Christmas.

Animals | local | News | Food | Health

The Legal Haze Clouding Cannabis For Pets

Northwest News Network | Dec. 21, 2016 11:16 a.m.

If cannabis helps some humans feel better, how about people's best friends?

local | Business | News | NW Life

Alaska Air Closes On Takeover Of Rival Virgin America

Northwest News Network | Dec. 14, 2016 2:45 p.m.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has closed the deal to take over West Coast rival Virgin America. The combined carrier will become the nation's fifth-largest airline.

local | News | Environment

Long Beach, Washington, Unveils Design For Tsunami Safe Haven

Northwest News Network | Dec. 13, 2016 4:33 p.m.

Many townspeople and visitors in Long Beach, Washington, likely couldn’t reach high ground in time to escape a tsunami. So the city is moving ahead with a plan to bring high ground to them.

local | News | NW Life

Battling The Bias: WSU Researchers Develop New Police Simulator Training

Northwest News Network | Dec. 12, 2016 5 p.m.

Researchers at Washington State University in Spokane have analyzed well over 100 police deadly force encounters captured on dashcam video or observed in a simulator. That academic research has now turned in a “counter bias” training program.

local | Business | News

Alaska Air Gets Government Antitrust Clearance To Buy Rival Virgin America

Northwest News Network | Dec. 6, 2016 5:45 p.m.

The proposed takeover by Alaska Airlines of its West Coast rival Virgin America has cleared its biggest hurdle.

local | History | News | World

'If I Live Through This ...' Oregon Navy Vet Remembers Pearl Harbor

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

A survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor who now lives in Lincoln City, Oregon, has vivid memories of the surprise strike on the Pacific Fleet that pushed the U.S. into World War II. 

local | News | NW Life

Hot Hot Hot! Seattle, Portland Home Prices Rising Fastest In Nation

Northwest News Network | Nov. 29, 2016 6:15 p.m.

Home prices in the Seattle and Portland metro areas are the rising faster than anywhere else in the country right now — about twice as fast as the national average.

Animals | Environment | local

Limping, Lame Wild Elk Stricken With Perplexing Hoof Disease In NW

Northwest News Network | Nov. 17, 2016 5:46 p.m.

The state Fish and Wildlife departments in Washington and Oregon are seeking — and getting — help from hunters and hikers to track a perplexing epidemic.

local | News | NW Life

Brewing Showdown Over Washington Driver Licensing Could Trip Up Airline Fliers

Northwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Washington state is moving toward a showdown like Oregon went through two years ago about issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

local | Business | News | Environment | Transportation

A Greener Flight: Cross-Country Airline Flight Powered By Logging Slash

Northwest News Network | Nov. 14, 2016 9:40 a.m.

A project to demonstrate that jets could someday be powered by logging leftovers from Northwest forests gets a culminating test Monday morning.

local | Election 2016

Washington Voters Reject Carbon Tax, But State's Battle Over Global Warming Continues

Northwest News Network | Nov. 9, 2016 4:57 p.m.

Washington voters gave an overwhelming thumbs down Tuesday to a citizen initiative to impose a direct tax on carbon emissions. But that doesn't look to...

local | Election 2016

Election Ends With Very Little Change In Oregon Legislative Control

Northwest News Network | Nov. 9, 2016 4:56 p.m.

Even though party control isn't shifting at the Oregon State Capitol, there will be a lot of new faces. Nearly a quarter of Oregon House members decided...