Northwest Now's regular broadcast season runs from mid-September to mid-May. The broadcast season features 30 new programs that include both reporting from the field, and in-studio discussions. Every summer though, managing editor Tom Layson has the chance to shoot, write and edit special projects for use in the upcoming season. These pieces don't include the studio-discussions and take weeks to shoot and edit. We hope you enjoy this collection of Northwest Now specials.

Earthrise
Northwest Now

Earthrise

Apollo 8 was one of NASA's biggest gambles. Astronaut Bill Anders tells the story.

Shorelines of Stone
Northwest Now

Shorelines of Stone

Beach armoring threatens the Sound's food web and the endangered species that rely on it.

The Western Flyer
Northwest Now

The Western Flyer

Art and science come together in the quest to restore a famous, and long lost, boat.

The Casket Maker
Northwest Now

The Casket Maker

A Vashon Island craftsman turns tragedy into a business.

The Anarchists of Home
Northwest Now

The Anarchists of Home

A small town unlike any other in Western Washington.

This Is Me - Nov. 25
Northwest Now

This Is Me - Nov. 25

New tools help amputees.

North American Eagle
Northwest Now

North American Eagle

A local group is out to break the land speed record.

Is Washington Killing You?
Northwest Now

Is Washington Killing You?

Living in Western Washington is great, but we lead the country in some unpleasant ways.

Saving the Salmon
Northwest Now

Saving the Salmon

As salmon populations crash, local tribes fight for restoration.

Project Comet
Full Focus

Project Comet

A look at a local team's restoration efforts of a De Havilland Comet 4C.

A Beautiful Life
Full Focus

A Beautiful Life

Carol Decker - motivating others who are faced with similar physical challenges.

MEET TOM LAYSON

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Tom Layson is KBTC's Managing Editor and comes to the job having worked as a television news reporter and anchor in Yakima, Terre Haute, Louisville, Sacramento-Stockton, Columbus and New York-New Jersey.

Tom anchored 13 hours of wall-to-wall live coverage in the NY/NJ market during 9-11 which is but one example of the many thousands of hours he’s been on the set or in the field delivering live coverage, interviewing Presidents and Governors, leading election and political coverage, and guiding viewers through many hours of breaking news from hostage crisis' to airplane crashes to natural disasters.

Tom received an Emmy for KBTC's Northwest Now, and has served a columnist for local newspapers, a commentator on local talk shows, and a media analyst for CBS radio.

Tom is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and currently resides in the Puyallup area.