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Pierce County Economy 2022

Searching for skilled workers

Meet Host Tom Layson

Tom Layson is KBTC's Managing Editor and worked in Yakima, Terre Haute, Louisville, Sacramento, Columbus and New York-New Jersey. Tom anchored 13 hours of live coverage in the NY/NJ market during 9-11 - just one example of the many thousands of hours he’s been on set or in the field covering politics, natural disasters, courts and crime, economic development, personal finance and the environment. Tom won an Emmy for Northwest Now and is a graduate of PLU who currently resides in Maple Valley.

Northwest Now is a weekly public affairs television show hosted by veteran journalist Tom Layson.  Every week we take a closer look at the issues and people who are part of Western Washington.  Join us every Friday night at 7:30 on KBTC. You can see past editions of Northwest Now below. 


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Recent Editions of Northwest Now

Pierce County Economy 2022 - Jan 21

Searching for skilled workers

Leonard Forsman - Jan 14

The UW's first indigenous regent.

Mark Pattison - Jan 7

Climbing the world's seven summits.

Deep In The Woods - Dec 10

The Weyerhaeuser kidnapping in Tacoma.

Indian Boarding Schools - Dec 3

A legacy of pain.

Foster Care Crisis - Nov 19

A system on the brink.

Religion And COVID - Nov 12

Can faith and science co-exist?

Poet Laureate - Nov 5

Rena Priest persuading with words.

Making The Connections - Oct 29

Stormwater threatens Puget Sound.

King County Executive Race - Oct 22

The race for King County's top job.

Election Roundtable - Oct 15

High stakes in Seattle.

Bruce Harrell - Oct 8

Running for mayor of Seattle.

The Delta Variant - Oct 1

COVID Just Won't Let Go.

News Matters - Sep 24

The demise of local newspapers.

Living With Wildfire - Sep 17

The new normal in the forest.

Remembering 9/11- Sep 10

Twenty years later.

Back To School 2021 - Sep 3

Back to the not so normal in school.

Vaccine Hesitancy - May 28

Doubting a modern miracle.

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