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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

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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...

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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.

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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.


Olympic Hopefuls From Northwest Say Russian Ban Sends Strong Message

Northwest News Network | June 21, 2016 10:15 a.m.

Professional runners from the Northwest say the expulsion of the Russian track and field team from this summer’s Olympic Games sends a strong message about fair play.


Pedal-Powered Rail Riding Comes To Oregon Coast

Northwest News Network | May 27, 2016 1:50 p.m.

You may have heard about "rails-to-trails" conversions. Thanks to some entrepreneurial bicycle enthusiasts, you don't need to wait for the rails to come...

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Traffic Fatalities In The Northwest Rising At Fastest Rate In Country

Northwest News Network | May 25, 2016 5:30 p.m.

Traffic accident fatalities are rising at a faster rate in Northwest states than anywhere else in the country according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data.


What's In A Name? History And The Power To Offend ... And Maybe Change

Northwest News Network | May 23, 2016 6:30 p.m.

An inventory by public radio of Northwest geography found more than 200 places with names some people might consider ethnically or racially offensive.

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Grand Opening Saturday For New Marine Life Center On Oregon Coast

Northwest News Network | May 20, 2016 6:30 p.m.

The Oregon Coast is getting a new tourist attraction. The University of Oregon is holding a ribbon cutting and grand opening Saturday in Charleston at the mouth of Coos Bay for its new Marine Life Center.

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Despite Steady Hiring, Washington Jobless Rate Not Budging

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2016 2:34 p.m.

The statewide unemployment rate in Washington is not budging despite steady hiring by employers. It's stuck at 5.8 percent in the latest monthly jobs report.

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Steeplechase: Path To Olympics Goes Across Water Pit, Over 28 Barriers

Northwest News Network | May 18, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Beaverton, Oregon, has quietly become a hub of world-class steeplechasers. The sport is an entertaining but slightly obscure track and field event that is also an Olympic event.

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Hobby Drones Over Orca Whales: Legally Murky And A Potentially Bad Mix

Northwest News Network | May 15, 2016 1:30 p.m.

Boats have to stay 200 yards away from the Northwest's endangered resident killer whales. But what if one of those boaters launches an aerial drone?

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Oregon School District Latest To Jettison Native American Mascot, Imagery

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

The Warrenton-Hammond School Board on the northwest Oregon Coast voted unanimously Tuesday night to remove Native American symbolism from its school mascots. The Warrenton Grade School Braves will get a name change and the high school’s "Warriors" logo will be redesigned.

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Northwest Coast Scouted For Possible Seaside Whale Sanctuary

Northwest News Network | May 6, 2016 4:13 p.m.

A new environmental nonprofit is scouting the Pacific Northwest coast for a suitable cove or bay to establish a refuge for retired captive orca and beluga whales.

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Olympic Runner's 'Rent My Skin' Auction Nets $21,800

Northwest News Network | May 6, 2016 9:08 a.m.

A frenzy of last minute bidding on eBay Thursday produced a nice payday for two-time Olympian Nick Symmonds of Seattle.

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Students Gets More Latitude To Fly Drones At School

Northwest News Network | May 4, 2016 4:03 p.m.

It just became easier for students to fly drones as part of their class work. The Federal Aviation Administration on Wednesday loosened restrictions on the use of unmanned aircraft in academia.

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Show Me The Money: Olympic Runner Seeks Bigger Share For Athletes

Northwest News Network | May 3, 2016 5:16 p.m.

A two-time Olympian from the Pacific Northwest is renting out part of his body on eBay to make a point about the earning prospects for elite American runners.

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Army Corps Decides Kennewick Man Should Be Turned Over To Tribes

Northwest News Network | April 28, 2016 7:15 p.m.

An ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man moved a major step forward toward reburial Wednesday.

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New Area Codes Coming To Western Washington, Idaho

Northwest News Network | April 22, 2016 3:04 p.m.

Western Washington will get a new telephone area code next year pending a vote of the state utilities commission. Idaho is rolling out a new area code as well. 

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Alaska Air Upbeat After First Justice Department Meeting About Virgin Takeover

Northwest News Network | April 21, 2016 3:15 p.m.

Alaska Airlines executives sounded upbeat after their first meeting with antitrust regulators about Alaska's proposed acquisition of rival Virgin America.


Northwest's Mountain Snowpack Is Melting Fast This Spring

Northwest News Network | April 19, 2016 6:30 p.m.

The recent unusual warmth felt around in the Northwest — record-setting, in some cases — has compounded the rapid melting of the region's precious mountain snowpack.