Regional Correspondent, Northwest News Network
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.
A favorable weather forecast and the Fourth of July falling on a weekend has beach communities in the Pacific Northwest bracing for an onslaught despite the ongoing pandemic.
A former state ferry now moored on the Olympia waterfront may be headed for auction for the third time in about three years, this time to remedy months of unpaid port bills.
Washington state leaders are expressing hesitancy about opening the door to the final phase of the governor's four-phase reopening plan.
News | Water | Animals | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | local | Science | Sustainability | Pacific Ocean
A study of sea otter restoration in British Columbia is giving encouragement to a group that wants to bring sea otters back to the Oregon Coast.
Washington state's ferry system, the largest in the country, will remain on a reduced service schedule through the normally busy summer season.
An iconic, but disappearing American institution -- the drive-in movie theater — came to the rescue of the senior classes in several Pacific Northwest communities this month.
Citations for DUIs in Oregon and Washington dropped dramatically since the start of the pandemic. No, it's not because people were using less alcohol and marijuana.
The coronavirus is spreading a pandemic of disappointment among Pacific Northwest families and camp counselors via the widespread cancellation of...
There were once big plans for many public events to mark the 40th anniversary of the catastrophic 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. The coronavirus pandemic blew up those plans, but many are resurfacing online.
The coronavirus-induced lull in marine traffic may be short-lived, meaning researchers have to act fast to document if the quieter seas make happier, healthier whales.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has come around to the idea of a county-by-county approach to relaxing the statewide stay-at-home order. Ten rural counties get to ask first to reopen at an accelerated pace. Those counties aren't wasting any time getting their plans submitted.
News | Environment | Health | local
More than 100 Washington state parks made the cut to reopen for day use beginning Tuesday, but aficionados of Pacific Coast and Columbia River Gorge getaways will have to wait a while longer.
Outdoor enthusiasts in Washington may be looking forward to the reopening of many state parks and public lands next week. But a few of Washington's most popular state parks could stay closed because the surrounding communities are worried about crowds and renewed disease spread.
Distance learning, ordering groceries online or applying for unemployment, those are all kind of difficult without a good internet connection. So, at least five public utility districts in Washington are setting up drive-up Wi-Fi hotspots amid the coronavirus pandemic.
More than 500 firefighters and EMTs in the Pacific Northwest have been temporarily quarantined after suspected exposure to the coronavirus over the past two months. South King Fire & Rescue Capt. Shane Smith is one of them. He tested positive.
Coronavirus risk and ongoing shortages of personal protective equipment are leading fire departments around the region to rediscover the enduring truth of the idiom "Necessity is the mother of invention."