Brandi Kruse is a special projects correspondent for Q13 News, giving viewers an in-depth look at issues impacting our communities. On “Q13 News This Morning,” she provides analysis on issues ranging from politics and policing, to crisis and national security.

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, and again in 2017 for a series on aspiring Seattle police officers.

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.

Kruse holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She lives on Seattle’s Queen Anne Hill.


Recent Articles
  • Answering commonly asked questions about the immigration detention controversy

    Q13 News has received quite a few questions surrounding the recent controversy over immigrants being separated from their children at the U.S./Mexico border. Brandi Kruse answers some of the most common questions we’ve received. Q: Wasn’t this an existing policy? A: The current separation of families attempting to enter the U.S. along the southern border is the result of a “zero tolerance” policy first set forth by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in April. It reflects the current administration’s approach to existing […]

  • The Divide: We can’t wait for the government to act

    “The Divide” is a weekly commentary that aims to find common ground on an issue dividing Americans. Each week, Brandi Kruse tackles topics including gun control, free speech, policing, and politics.

  • Bridging the Divide: ‘Head Tax’ repeal

    The heated debate over a new tax to help battle the homeless crisis came to a head this week when the Seattle City Council voted to repeal it – just weeks after passing it unanimously.

  • The Divide: The ‘public input’ hoax

    “The Divide” is a weekly commentary that aims to find common ground on an issue dividing Americans. Each week, Brandi Kruse tackles topics including gun control, free speech, policing, and politics.

  • Police, survivor team up to protect kids from online predators

    When she was 13 years old, Alicia Kozakiewicz was kidnapped, raped, and tortured by a man she met online. Four days into her ordeal, fearing he was about to kill her, Alicia was instead rescued by federal agents – who gave her a second chance at life, and an opportunity to protect other children from the same fate. This week, with Alicia’s help, Washington’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is set to release a series of PSA’s aimed at […]

  • Bridging the Divide: The NFL protest controversy

    Q13 News plucked two veterans out of a Facebook debate over the NFL protest controversy and had them sit face-to-face to find common ground. Trevor Smith, 31, of Orting, Wash., and Jessie Simmons, 36, of Lacey, Wash., disagree over whether players should be fined for sitting or kneeling during the national anthem before games.

  • The Divide: The curious search for Seattle’s next police chief

    The Divide” is a weekly commentary that aims to find common ground on an issue dividing Americans. Each week, Brandi Kruse tackles topics including gun control, free speech, policing, and politics.

  • Bridging the Divide: Politics in America

    After decades of public service, U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) has decided not to seek another term. He sits down with Brandi Kruse to discuss the state of political discourse in America, and what each of us can do to help bridge divides in our own communities.

  • Seattle unveils plan to get 500+ homeless people off the streets in 90 days

    Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on Wednesday will announce a strategy to bring more than 500 homeless people in off the streets over the next 90 days.

  • The Divide: On Memorial Day, a reminder of what unites us

    The Divide” is a weekly commentary that aims to find common ground on an issue dividing Americans. Each week, Brandi Kruse tackles topics including gun control, free speech, policing, and politics. This week: Let Memorial Day serve as a reminder of what unites us, rather than what divides us.