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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

News | History | local | Sports | NW Life | Recreation

The Northwest's Ski Jumping Heritage Is Alive In Leavenworth

In the Pacific Northwest, about the only place where beginners can learn big hill ski jumping is in Leavenworth, Washington.

Sports | local

Olympic Cross-Country Ski Coach Raised In Oregon 'Excited' For Competition

The first Olympic medals of the 2018 Winter Games are up for grabs this weekend. Pacific Northwest athletes in action include short track speedskaters...

News | Transportation | local

Who Can Use Washington's Carpool Lanes? Solo Drivers Make Their Case

With traffic congestion getting ever worse in the Seattle metro area, two classes of solo drivers are asking for permission to use the carpool lanes.

Technology | local

Robo Air Taxi Makes First Flight At Pendleton Airport

The Airbus subsidiary behind a self-flying, battery-powered passenger drone says the prototype has made its first flight at Eastern Oregon Regional...

Sports | Recreation | News | Nation | local

NW-Raised Skiers Among 3 Sets Of Siblings On US Olympic X-C Team

Athletic talent runs in the family on the U.S. Olympic team headed to South Korea for the 2018 Winter Games.

Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | Water | local

Washington Terminates Lease For Atlantic Salmon Farm In Puget Sound

The Washington state Department of Natural Resources Saturday terminated the lease for Cooke Aquaculture's Cypress Island fish farm near Anacortes.

local | Food | News | Environment | Agriculture

Where's The Wheat? The Fight To Bring Grains West Of The Cascades

Foodies, farmers and others are collaborating to revitalize the historic grain production west of the Cascades.

News | Environment | local

Experts Walk Back Time Estimate For Rattlesnake Ridge Slide

Geology experts with Washington's Department of Natural Resource have quit making predictions for when a slow-moving landslide might break loose.

Recreation | News | Sports | World | local

10 PNW Olympians At The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games

The U.S. Olympic Committee officially announced the members of the 2018 Olympic Team Friday morning. Ten athletes from Oregon and Washington made the cut.

News | Environment | Business | local

Washington Hemp Growers In Limbo, Some Cast Eyes To Oregon

A regulatory snafu in Washington state has industrial hemp farmers in limbo over planting a crop in 2018. Some of them are looking to shift acreage to Oregon.

News | Environment | Science | local

Endangered Orcas Are Starving. Should We Start Feeding Them?

Washington state officials have proposed a new tack to save the Pacific Northwest's critically endangered orca population . Their idea is to boost salmon hatchery production.

Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | local

Mind Your Boat Speed, Leave Drones At Home Around Endangered Orcas

In Olympia, state lawmakers are considering stronger protections for the critically endangered population of resident killer whales.

NW Life | Sports | Business | local

Team USA To Wear Pacific Northwest Wool At Winter Olympics Ceremonies

When Team USA marches into a South Korean stadium for the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies next month, they'll be swathed in Northwest wool.

Transportation | News | Environment | local | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Pace Of Seismic Retrofits Picks Up To Help Drivers Get Around After 'The Big One'

Oregon and Washington officials have identified hundreds of bridges that still need to be replaced or retrofitted to withstand a magnitude 9 earthquake from the offshore Cascadia fault zone. But the pace of highway reinforcements is picking up.


Olympic Skiers From Oregon Bounce Back From Big Hurts

Fractured bones, busted knees and concussions are just a few of the job hazards for professional ski racers.

Recreation | News | Sports | local

Oregon Athletes Clinch 2018 Winter Olympics Slots

Two more Pacific Northwest athletes are heading to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Politics | Economy | local | Environment | News | Business | Transportation

Buying An Electric Car In Oregon Or Washington? Tax Incentives Are Changing

If you're considering buying an electric car in Oregon or Washington, you might want to pay attention to possible changes in tax policy.

News | Transportation | local

Amtrak Gives Oregon, Washington Timetable For Activating PTC

Amtrak's CEO has given Oregon and Washington state officials a timeline for when the company will activate automatic safety braking systems in the...

News | local

Driver Nearly Crushed By Derailed Amtrak Train Haunted By Memories

Cecilia Goetz was commuting to work in Olympia on the Monday before Christmas. She passed under a railway bridge at the very moment Amtrak Cascades train 501 came flying off the tracks.

News | Election | local

Washington Likely To Vote On Increased Police Shooting Accountability

Washington state voters will likely get to weigh in on police use of deadly force. A ballot measure on that subject turned in around 360,000 voter signatures Thursday afternoon.