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," "Weekday," 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 where there are no radios.


Washington State Time Capsule
4:04 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

'Keepers' Make Sure Time Capsule Doesn't Get Lost In Time

Capsule 'Keeper' Jen Estroff speaks beside the Centennial Time Capsule in the Washington State Capitol.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri April 11, 2014 2:47 pm

In 1989, the organizers of the Washington State Centennial Time Capsule took measures to guard against it being forgotten -- and lost.

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Boeing Incentives
5:13 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Washington Legislature Plows Ahead With Boeing 777X Tax Breaks

File photo of Boeing 777 assembly line as seen from tour observation deck/
Snohomish County Tourism Bureau

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 3:51 pm

The Washington Legislature is plowing ahead with a package of tax breaks and incentives to convince the Boeing Company to build its next big jet in Washington.

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Columbia River Treaty
4:21 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

U.S. Columbia River Users Seek 'Better Bargain' With Canada

File photo of Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.
US Army Corps of Engineers

Originally published on Thu November 7, 2013 4:47 pm

U.S. senators from the Northwest say it is time "to strike a better bargain" with Canada over hydropower generated along the shared Columbia River.

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Tentative Boeing Deal
5:54 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Deal In Place To Build Boeing 777X In Washington

The existing Boeing 777 in flight. The next generation variant would have a broader wingspan and could also feature a stretched fuselage.

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 8:53 pm

 The Boeing Company and its Machinists union have reached a tentative deal that clears the way to build Boeing's next big jet in Washington state.

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Idaho Airport Tax
5:23 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Tax Votes Shine Spotlight On Challenges Facing Small Town Airports

File photo of planes waiting for a take off slot at Friedman Memorial Airport in Hailey, Idaho.
DieselDemon Flickr

Originally published on Mon November 4, 2013 4:22 pm

A ballot measure in the Sun Valley area is emblematic of the challenges facing small airports across the West. Residents of Hailey and Ketchum, Idaho decide Tuesday whether to raise city taxes to subsidize commercial airline service.

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2014 Olympic Uniforms
5:37 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Drive For Made-in-USA Olympic Uniforms Leads To Oregon Ranch

The design for the Team USA Opening Ceremony sweater has yet to be fully revealed. This screen grab from a Ralph Lauren video gives a peek.
Ralph Lauren

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 4:52 pm

A piece of the Northwest will be on display when Team USA marches in the Opening Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

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Veteran Reemployment
5:15 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

U.S. Stepping Up Enforcement of Veterans' Reemployment Rights

Originally published on Tue October 29, 2013 9:11 am

An Army Reservist will collect back pay from an Everett, Wash. company accused of violating his reemployment rights.

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Downward DUI Trend
4:17 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

DUIs In Washington Continue Downward Trend After Liquor Sales Privatization

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 4:11 pm

The Washington State Patrol has compiled a full year of data covering drunk driving arrests and crashes since private retailers took over liquor sales in the state.

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Furloughed Worker Payback
4:03 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Furloughed Federal Workers In Oregon Have To Repay Unemployment

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 3:53 pm

Federal workers in Oregon who were furloughed during the partial government shutdown won't get extra pay for that time off after all.

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Sell Stock Online
11:13 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Northwest Entrepreneurs Look To Sell Shares Online

Here are some examples of funding portals that could connect entrepreneurs with small investors.
Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 2:48 pm

Northwest entrepreneurs will soon have another way to raise money for small and new businesses. 

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