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.
Health | local | Environment | News
No hospitals on the Oregon coast could sustain operations after the Cascadia earthquake, according to a state prediction. Hospitals are on the move to improve.
An iconic Boeing jet model nicknamed the Queen of the Skies swooped back into Moses Lake, Washington. AeroTEC will now modify the jumbo jet into a flying testbed for its new owner, Rolls-Royce.
Public funding for big-time sports tends to generate static. So, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is building her case now for additional taxpayer support for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships, which are coming to Eugene in two years.
Environment | Pacific Ocean | Water | local | Animals | Science | Food | Fish & Wildlife | News
Scientists from Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia are scrutinizing the marine food chain from top to bottom. Otters, oysters, rockfish and young salmon are all being analyzed for microplastics.
The movement to “ditch the switch” just got a push from British Columbia, where residents signaled they are keen to join Washington state and Oregon on permanent daylight saving time. But in California, a new snag cropped up.
Pendleton has recognized the Triple Nickles, the first black paratroopers in the U.S., who also trained as smokejumpers to fight wildfires.
Transportation | News | local
The first of what could be many trials stemming from the deadly 2017 derailment of a Portland-bound Amtrak Cascades train began with the railway accepting liability for the crash.
local | Environment | News
More than 4,500 tremors hit the Northwest over the past two weeks in a regular phenomenon known as a "slow slip." Seismologists want to understand what they mean.
Nearly 2 million people got mysterious, unbidden $91.94 checks in the mail recently. They're the result of a 2014 settlement payout from a case involving Oregon's unlawful trade practices law.
Photo analysis by a forensic imaging expert from suburban Seattle is backing up a new search for the pioneer aviator Amelia Earhart.
local | Environment | News
Humpback whales are resurfacing in big numbers in Northwest waters. Along with excitement over the humpbacks' return comes concern about ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.
Environment | Pacific Ocean | Climate change | Water | local | Animals | Fish & Wildlife | News
A whale expert is reporting a rare sighting of blue whales off the Washington coast. The largest animals on the planet have also been sighted in unusual numbers offshore of Oregon this summer.
Food | local | Environment | News
Pacific Northwesterners who forage for wild mushrooms are noticing that the late summer and fall delicacies are coming in early this year.
Education | Health | Environment | local | Recreation | News
Dozens of Pacific Northwest doctors are teaming up with a national nonprofit to write a different kind of prescription. Their "park prescriptions" direct patients to spend more time outside.
Education | Agriculture | Pacific Ocean | Water | Business | local | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Science | Food | News
Four years after OSU shook the internet with its discovery of "a seaweed that tastes like bacon," the hard work of commercialization continues, but guilt-free bacon from the sea remains elusive.
Giant rats sound like something to be scared of, perhaps. But the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington, thinks quite the opposite.