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
  • Police chief vows ‘thorough’ probe into fatal shooting: ‘We’ll go where the truth takes us’

    SEATTLE — Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said Monday there will be a “comprehensive, thorough” investigation into the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding pregnant woman by police and “we’ll go where the truth takes us.” In an interview late Monday afternoon with Q13 News reporter Brandi Kruse, O’Toole called the shooting on Sunday of Charleena Lyles, a pregnant mother of three, “a horrible tragedy.” Two officers had gone to Lyles’ apartment on Sunday after she reported a burglary. She confronted […]

  • Seattle Police Department releases audio after 2 officers shoot, kill woman

    SEATTLE — A police dash cam recording system captured audio of two officers shooting and killing a 30-year-old woman who had a knife, according to Seattle Police. In the four-minute long audio clip, released early Monday morning, police can be heard talking to the woman about a break-in at her apartment. Moments later, officers started yelling “get back, get back” before the sound of gunfire. Listen to the full audio clip below. WARNING: Graphic content. Family members say the woman […]

  • From homeless on the streets to college grad: ‘It can be done’

    SEATTLE — When the nights got too cold for Brent Ford to sleep on a park bench near Seattle’s Pike Place Market, he decided to seek shelter at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. The decision would lead him on a path toward sobriety and, ultimately, a college degree.  

  • Amid opioid crisis, heroin dealers playing ‘Russian roulette’

    SEATTLE — When a man named Ian Digre was found dead of a heroin overdose in Marysville, police there started to build a case against his dealer – not only for selling him the drugs, but for his death. Such cases, brought under the state’s “controlled substance homicide” law, are incredibly rare, because they’re hard to prove. Ian’s case would be no different.

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    Washington lawmaker introduces bill to ban wearing masks in public

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill introduced in the Washington state Senate would ban the wearing of masks on public streets. Senate Bill 5941, introduced Monday, would make mask-wearing a misdemeanor. Bill sponsor Sen. Jim Honeyford says acts of vandalism and violence have occurred “under the guise of political speech.” The bill claims that recent demonstrations with masked protesters have become “a threat to public safety.” On May Day, about a few dozen masked protesters in Olympia turned violent, throwing rocks at police […]

  • Parents, grandparents trying to save the children they love from heroin addiction

    They are your neighbors, your friends, your coworkers. They are parents and grandparents trying to save the children they love from heroin addiction: “We can go snag our kids up off the streets and get them the help that they need.”

  • In the fight to end the heroin crisis, where is the line between helping and hurting?

    In the fight to end the heroin crisis, where is the line between helping and hurting? A man who has run a Seattle needle exchange for years tell us saving lives MUST be the first priority.

  • Seattle mayor Ed Murray officially drops re-election bid after sex abuse claims

    Mayor Ed Murray will announce Tuesday morning that he will no longer seek re-election to a second term, two sources close to the mayor confirmed Monday night.

  • Mayor Ed Murray to announce Tuesday he will no longer seek re-election

    Mayor Ed Murray will announce Tuesday morning that he will no longer seek re-election to a second term, two sources close to the mayor confirmed Monday night.

  • Seattle police officer arrested for alleged role in drug-trafficking ring

    Federal prosecutors allege that a Seattle police officer was part of a major drug trafficking operation that transported large amounts of narcotics from Washington state to the East Coast.