Brandi Kruse is a special projects correspondent for Q13 News, giving viewers an in-depth look at issues affecting our communities.

A nine-time Edward R. Murrow Award recipient for excellence in journalism, Kruse has been honored for her work covering some of the region’s biggest stories. In March 2014, she spent days on the scene of a deadly mudslide in Oso, Washington, detailing the harrowing search for 43 victims. In August 2011, Kruse became the only American reporter to travel to Central America to interview Jason Puracal, a U.S. Citizen and University of Washington graduate who claimed he was wrongly imprisoned in Nicaragua. Puracal credited the jailhouse interview with bringing attention to his case and helping to secure his release. In 2016, she was nominated for a regional Emmy Award for a story about the suicide of a U.S. Army veteran struggling to get care for PTSD.

The Seattle Weekly has twice named Kruse the city’s “Best Reporter” – in 2013 and 2014 – crediting, in part, her coverage of the city’s May Day riots and various scandals inside City Hall.

Kruse holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

Recent Articles
  • FBI Seattle: Recent hate crimes undermine feeling of safety

    SEATTLE — The head of the FBI in Seattle spoke Wednesday about a recent string of hate crimes, including threats against Jewish community centers and a shooting in Kent targeting a man of the Sikh faith. Jay S. Tabb Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Seattle said crimes of bias have left communities on edge. “Right now, this type of event causes people to be fearful. It undermines their faith that they can be protected in our communities,” he […]

  • Washington state attempts legal maneuver to put new Trump travel ban on hold

    SEATTLE — Washington state is asking a federal judge to block President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban. Washington was the first state to sue over the original travel ban, which resulted in a federal judge in Seattle halting its implementation around the country. Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Thursday said the state would ask the judge to extend his temporary restraining order against the first ban to Trump’s revised order. Trump’s revised ban bars new visas for people from six […]

  • Mayor Murray urges support for homelessness levy: I’d rather lose this election

    Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has revealed details of a proposed property-tax levy to raise $275 million over five years to fight homelessness.

  • Bill to eliminate statute of limitations for serious sex crimes passes House

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for certain felony sex crimes has passed in the state House of Representatives and will now move to the Senate for consideration. House Bill 1155 is sponsored by Rep. Dan Griffey (R-Allyn), whose wife is a survivor of sexual violence. It would allow prosecutors to bring charges at any time against those who commit the most serious types of sexual offenses, including rape, child molestation, and sexual exploitation of […]

  • Seattle’s tunneling machine Bertha veers a few inches off course before final stretch

    SEATTLE — Recent surveys have found that Seattle’s new highway tunnel is a few inches off course and digging has stopped until next week while more measurements are made. Seattle Tunnel Partners project manager Chris Dixon said Wednesday that surveys found the concrete tunnel rings being installed behind the tunneling machine known as Bertha varied “a couple inches” beyond a 6-inch tolerance limit. Our news partner The Seattle Times reports more surveys will be done and that a gyroscope is coming from […]

  • Hope after heroin: Former addict shares his story of recovery

    SEATTLE — Alejandro Lucero spent years as a homeless heroin addict in downtown Seattle – racking up six felony convictions before the age of 30. Today, he has a full-time job, a newborn son, and has been clean and sober for more than two years. Alejandro reached out to Q13 News to share his story of recovery, and was reunited with two Seattle police officers who helped put him on the right track.

  • In moments of crisis, officers trained to use their words

    Every single day, police officers come into contact with people in crisis. How they respond could make the difference between life and death. Q13 Correspondent Brandi Kruse got a hands-on look at the training officers receive to help them handle these difficult situations.  

  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on Trump travel ban Thursday afternoon

    SAN FRANCISCO — A court of appeals said it would rule by the end of the day Thursday on President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily keeping people from seven predominantly Muslim nations out of the United States and placing restrictions on the entry of refugees. BREAKING: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on Trump travel ban before close of business today, court spokesperson says. #Q13FOX — Brandi Kruse (@BrandiKruse) February 9, 2017 Lawyers for the states of Washington and Minnesota, […]

  • Washington congresswoman defends boycott of Trump inauguration

    SEATTLE– United States Representative Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, defended her boycott of Donald Trump’s inauguration Thursday, saying she received hundreds of phone calls and emails from constituents concerned about their future under the new administration. “It was not an easy decision,” she said. “There is nothing more that I would love to do than to be there for the inauguration – if we had a president who was conducting himself according to the norms and traditions. In an interview on “Q13 […]

  • On death’s door: The fight to save a heroin addict’s life

    An hour before the frantic scene began to unfold, Seattle Police Officers Randy Jokela and Jason Drummond were on their regular beat. Combined, the two have patrolled downtown Seattle for nearly a half-century.