Tom Banse

Regional Correspondent

Tom Banse covers business, environment, public policy, human interest and national news across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events are unfolding. Tom's stories can be heard during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Before taking his current beat, Tom covered state government and the Washington Legislature for 12 years. During the early 1990s, he worked in the Seattle bureau of United Press International. He got his start in radio at WCAL–FM, a public station in southern Minnesota. Reared in Seattle, Tom graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota with a degree in American Studies. In 1996, he spent two months reporting from Bonn and Berlin, Germany on an Arthur F. Burns Fellowship. In 1999, he traversed the globe to cover the Pacific Rim (Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan) on a Jefferson Fellowship.

When not sifting through press releases, listening to lobbyists, or driving lonely highways, Tom enjoys exploring the Olympic Peninsula backcountry and cooking dinner with his wife and friends. Tom's secret ambition is to take six months off work and travel to a faraway place beyond the reach of email.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
4:38 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Northwest Tribes Take Steps To Corral Growing Wild Horse Population

Horses in the road are a real danger on the Warm Springs reservation.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Growing populations of wild horses in the inland Northwest are creating headaches for federal land managers. Wild and feral horse herds overrun tribal lands in our region too.

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Crime, Law and Justice
3:55 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Marysville Student, Stepmom Recall Chaos Of School Shooting

A student opened fire in a high school cafeteria north of Seattle Friday morning. One female classmate is dead and four other students are seriously injured.

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Crime, Law and Justice
3:17 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Marysville Students Describe 'Terrifying' Wait After Shooting In High School Cafeteria

One student was killed and four others are being treated at area hospitals after a school shooting north of Seattle.

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Sports
5:31 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Northwest Hockey Teams Targeted By Lawsuit Over Player Wages

Credit Kevin Mooney / Northwest News Network

The pay and treatment of top Northwest hockey players is the subject of a new class action lawsuit that commenced earlier this week in Canada.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
3:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Do You Have The Guts To Celebrate World Tripe Day?

Chef Matt Bennett came up with Cowboy Calamari for World Tripe Day.
Credit Sybaris Bistro

An Oregon chef is asking if you have the guts to celebrate World Tripe Day on Friday.

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Weather and Climate
2:57 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Unusually Mild Start To Autumn Across Northwest

This graphic shows the temperature departure from average for the past 30 days.
Credit Western Regional Climate Center

From a temperature standpoint, autumn is off to an unusually mild start across the Northwest.

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Weather and Climate
3:37 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Long-Range Forecast Calls For Warmer, Drier Winter

Credit NOAA

The long-range weather outlook from the Climate Prediction Center gives high probabilities for a warmer and drier than average winter across the Northwest.

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Lifestyle, Leisure, and Sport
9:16 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Chilly Water No Deterrent To Growing Numbers Of 'Wild Swimmers'

Swimmers enter the water for a mid-October, one mile "excursion" at Alki Beach in Seattle.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

More swimmers in the Northwest are trading the comfort of the pool for a workout in open water.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:19 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Job Growth Stalls In Washington And Oregon During September

The unemployment rate in Washington rose one-tenth of a point to 5.7 percent in September.
Credit Washington Employment Security Department

Job growth stalled during September in Oregon and Washington according to new numbers from the respective state employment departments.

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Crime, Law and Justice
4:20 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Washington State Police Push Back Against Limits On Drones

File photo of a drone hovering over a park in Wilsonville, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Law enforcement groups in Washington state are pushing back against possible limits on police use of drones. That happened as a task force convened by Governor Jay Inslee wrestled some more Monday about how to regulate small unmanned aircraft.

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