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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

local | News | Business

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.

World | local | News | History

'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.

Environment | Animals | 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.

Environment | News | Transportation | Business | local

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...

local | News | Election 2016

Voters Render Split Decisions On Washington Ballot Measures

Northwest News Network | Nov. 9, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Washington state voters said "yes" to a higher minimum wage, said "no" to what would have been a history-making state carbon tax and rendered a split decision on several campaign finance reform ideas in Tuesday's general election.


Not Your Average Ski Swap: Five Northwest Ski Areas Change Hands

Northwest News Network | Nov. 7, 2016 12:13 p.m.

Five Northwest ski resorts have changed hands in about the past month in a series of unrelated deals. The ownership of Stevens Pass and The Summit at...

World | local | News | Nation | Politics | Election 2016

Bettors In British Columbia Have Big Money Riding On US Election

Northwest News Network | Nov. 3, 2016 5:04 p.m.

Canadian residents generally can't vote in our election, but they can gamble on the outcome through the provincial lottery. And the bets are piling up.

Environment | News | local

The Blob, Hangover Edition: Lingering Pool Of Warm Ocean Water Messing With Us

Northwest News Network | Nov. 2, 2016 4:24 p.m.

A vast pool of warmer-than-normal ocean water off of the West Coast continues to mess with our weather and sea life. It's nicknamed "The Blob."


Northwest Cable News To Go Dark In January

Northwest News Network | Oct. 31, 2016 1:37 p.m.

A short online post broke the story to viewers and readers that the regional all-news channel Northwest Cable News will air its last broadcast on...

local | News | Election | Politics | Election 2016

November Vote On Washington's First City Income Tax Could Launch Test Case

Northwest News Network | Oct. 26, 2016 7:30 p.m.

Voters in Washington state have proven to be allergic to a state income tax. But at this November's election, a city tax on high incomes is on the ballot in Olympia.

local | News | Business | NW Life

Prepare For Takeoff: Pilot Shortage Provides Lift To Aviation Students

Northwest News Network | Oct. 25, 2016 6:15 p.m.

Piloting a jetliner was once a glamorous profession. Then came the 9/11 terror attacks, airline bankruptcies and pension cuts. And entry-level pilots worked for peanuts.

local | News | Transportation | Business

Alaska Air Confident DOJ Will Clear Merger With Virgin America Despite Delay

Northwest News Network | Oct. 20, 2016 10:14 a.m.

Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden said he remains confident that a proposed takeover of rival Virgin America will happen.


Washington Jobless Rate Ticks Down On Strong Job Growth

Northwest News Network | Oct. 19, 2016 5:15 p.m.

Washington state employers added 20,000 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis last month according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from the state’s Employment Security Department.

local | News | Election | Politics | Nation | Election 2016

Hacked Email: Starbucks' Schultz Or Microsoft's Gates For Vice President?

Northwest News Network | Oct. 18, 2016 6:15 p.m.

A hacked email from the Hillary Clinton campaign reveals some interesting names considered early on as possible Democratic vice presidential picks, including Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Microsoft's Bill Gates and Melinda Gates.

Environment | local

Northwest Utilities Amp Up New Business Line Of Charging Electric Cars

Northwest News Network | Oct. 14, 2016 7 p.m.

Spokane-based Avista Utilities and Seattle City Light are diving into a new line of business: charging up electric cars.

local | Election 2016

Single Day Voter Registration Record Smashed In Washington State On Debate Sunday

Northwest News Network | Oct. 10, 2016 5:58 p.m.

Washington state set a new one-day record for voter registrations Sunday, topping 23,000 in a single day. So what was behind the big spike in new voter...