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.
Water | local | Animals | News | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | Environment
Pacific Northwesterners are undeniably fond of their endangered resident killer whales. Many locals are also fans of salmon fishing. But now there is a chance future fishing trips on the ocean could be curtailed to leave more food for the orcas.
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An unusually large number of gray whales are washing up dead on their northbound migration past the Oregon and Washington coasts this year.
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Two Oregon State and University of Washington professors who surveyed the aftermath of Indonesia's 2018 earthquake say the disaster should elevate attention to quake-induced landslide risks here at home in the Pacific Northwest.
local | Climate change | Renewable energy | Science | Energy | Business | News | Sustainability | Environment | Economy
It would be the first of a group of power companies in the Pacific Northwest to use their dams to make "renewable hydrogen."
local | History | Environment | News
A former Navy landing ship commissioned during World War II could come to the rescue when a big Cascadia earthquake hits someday.
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Astonishing feats in automotive fuel efficiency will be tested in competition later this week by high school and university students from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
Sen. Patty Murray said she is committed to helping West Coast states get the congressional OK to adopt year-round daylight saving time.
The options to share your fandom or your love of nature through your car license plate keep growing in Oregon and Washington.
local | Climate change | Politics | Transportation | Energy | Business | News | Economy
Democrats in the Washington Legislature want to revive a tax break for buyers of electric cars. Meanwhile, a publicly-financed rebate for battery-powered cars in Oregon is finding thousands of takers.
If you're annoyed by having to change the clocks this weekend, take heart. This could be one of the last times you have to go through the time change in Washington.
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The State of Washington has completed its first statewide inventory of buildings prone to crumble or collapse in an earthquake.
local | Land use | Renewable energy | Technology | Energy | Business | News | Sustainability | Environment | Economy
A Portland-based energy developer has signed property leases for a big solar farm in Klickitat County near the Columbia River. When completed, the solar project will be the largest in Washington.
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A new analysis published this week notes that major quakes in the region have gone on a puzzling hiatus over the last decade.
A large public art project proposed to be built beside the now-inundated great falls of the Columbia River has been put on indefinite hold by its...
local | Nation | Politics | Environment | News
In 2002, Grant County, Oregon, banned the United Nations. Last month, a state court threw out a challenge to the ban. Now Grant County lawmakers may employ a new strategy to bring big government to heel.
Oregon and Washington voters could get a say at the next general election on whether to adopt daylight saving time year-round — and thereby abolish the twice-yearly clock changes.