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
  • Marysville leaders lend voices to school-safety debate, opioid crisis

    As part of a week-long focus on the city of Marysville, Q13 News' Brandi Kruse sat down with Mayor Jon Nehring, Police Chief Rick Smith, Marysville Fire District Chief Martin McFalls, and Marysville School District Acting Superintendent Jason Thompson.

  • Homeless to housed: Cities pair police and social workers to help turn lives around

    In the beginning, some saw it as an unlikely pairing. “It was a struggle at first, I have to say,” said Yvonne Nelson, a social worker with an organization called REACH. She had mixed feelings about working alongside police officers to tackle the city’s homeless crisis. “We asked them to stand back while we talked to people,” she said, worried that the presence of uniformed officers would prevent people from being honest about things like drug abuse. The concept of […]

  • Tacoma’s mayor: ‘I want to be held accountable’ for campaign promises

    TACOMA, Wash. – Just over a month into her term, Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards said she is committed to confronting the challenges she promised to fix on the campaign trail. In an interview last month at her office in City Hall, Woodards spoke about issues at the top of her priority list: jobs, affordability, crime, homelessness. She also spoke about Tacoma’s place in the region, and the lack of focus by some news agencies on issues facing the city. “The […]

  • For Pierce County deputies, life-saving backup can be miles away

    The murder of Pierce County Deputy Daniel McCartney, shot to death after responding to a home invasion robbery, has shined a glaring spotlight on the dangers of low staffing levels at law enforcement agencies across Washington.

  • Pierce County sues big pharma over opioid prescriptions, alleges ‘deceptive practices’

    TACOMA, Wash. — Pierce County will move forward with a lawsuit against “Big Pharma,” alleging the manufacturers of pain pills are to blame for the opioid crisis that is sweeping Washington. The county alleges that companies like Purdue Pharma engaged in deceptive marketing practices by convincing doctors, who in turn convinced patients, that pills like oxycodone were not addictive. Mark Lindquist, the county’s prosecutor, told Q13 News This Morning that a suit would be filed in federal court Thursday. “What […]

  • Seattle sexual assault survivor to attend SOTU address

    SEATTLE – In 2014, Leah Griffin was raped. The ordeal she went through in the aftermath of her assault has led her to become an advocate for other survivors, pushing for legislation that would require hospitals to keep nurses on staff that are specifically trained to perform rape exams. “When I went to the emergency room in Seattle, I walked in and told them I had been raped. They said, ‘we don’t do rape kits here.’ That was incredible to […]

  • Bill in Legislature would repeal state’s death penalty

    SEATTLE — King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg is urging lawmakers to repeal the state’s death penalty. Satterberg plans to testify on Monday in favor of a proposal to replace capital punishment with life without the possibility of parole. He has previously called for a change to the state’s death penalty, but that idea has not gained traction. Governor, attorney general propose abolishing death penalty in Washington Satterberg says the state’s criminal justice system would be stronger without the death penalty. He […]

  • America’s Longest War: The toll of 16 years in Afghanistan

    Since the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, more than 200,0000 troops have deployed through Joint Base Lewis-McChord to fight in the Global War on Terror.

  • ‘Don’t speak for us’: Veterans weigh in on NFL protests

    Four veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces weigh in on the controversy surrounding protests over racial inequality during the national anthem.

  • Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty on Afghanistan and Trump’s strategy

    Major General Bret Daugherty, the adjutant general of the Washington National Guard, discusses the continued role his soldiers and airmen will play as President Donald Trump sends more troops into Afghanistan.