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.