Tom Banse

Regional Reporter

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.


Some Roads Open
3:56 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Sows Confusion Among Motorists And Workers

Robert Ashworth Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 3:15 pm

The National Park Service Thursday tried to sort out confusion among motorists about the extent of the partial government shutdown: State highways crossing federal land remain open to thru traffic.

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Oil Train Regulation
4:25 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

BNSF Defends Safety Of Oil Trains To West Coast Regulators

David Gubler Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 5:35 pm

The biggest railroad in the Northwest forcefully defended the safety of oil trains Wednesday.

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Fire Season
6:20 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Wildfire Season Not Over Yet In Pacific Northwest


Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 5:01 pm

Wildfire season is not over yet, despite the widespread rains of the last couple weeks.

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