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Northwest Now Special Projects

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.

Making The Connections

Stormwater threatens Puget Sound.

Picking Up The Past

Creosote’s impact on water quality

Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release 

Western Washington: A guitar-making center.


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

The Casket Maker

A Vashon Island craftsman turns tragedy into a business.

Shorelines of Stone

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

The Anarchists of Home

A small town unlike any other in Western Washington.

The Western Flyer

A famous fishing vessel painstakingly restored to explore, rather than exploit the sea.

North American Eagle

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

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 and is a graduate of PLU currently residing in the Puyallup area.

Project Comet

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

Saving the Salmon 

As salmon populations crash, local tribes fight for restoration.

A Beautiful Life

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

This Is Me

New tools help amputees.