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.
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
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.
The Airbus subsidiary behind a self-flying, battery-powered passenger drone says the prototype has made its first flight at Eastern Oregon Regional...
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Geology experts with Washington's Department of Natural Resource have quit making predictions for when a slow-moving landslide might break loose.
News | Environment | Business | local
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
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
In Olympia, state lawmakers are considering stronger protections for the critically endangered population of resident killer whales.
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?
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.
Fractured bones, busted knees and concussions are just a few of the job hazards for professional ski racers.
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Amtrak's CEO has given Oregon and Washington state officials a timeline for when the company will activate automatic safety braking systems in the...
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.
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.