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
  • 12 men arrested in online child sex sting operation

    TACOMA, Wash. — Authorities have arrested and charged 12 men in connection with an online child sex sting operation south of Seattle. The Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office says the men were charged Monday with crimes including attempted child rape, communication with a minor for immoral purposes and commercial sexual abuse of a minor. The Washington State Patrol’s Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force arrested the men during the operation in which undercover law enforcement officers communicated on the internet with individuals […]

  • Seattle mayor on abuse allegations: ‘I want the chance to tell my story’

    SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is steadfast in his innocence: “I have my integrity — that’s all I have,” he said Wednesday, defending against accusations that he paid a troubled teenage boy for sex in the 1980s. In an interview with Q13 News at his home on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, with his husband Michael seated next to him, Murray said he is in the fight of his life to clear his name. “If I lose, everything I have done, […]

  • Former mayor Mike McGinn says Seattle too expensive: ‘We can’t let this city become a San Francisco’

    SEATTLE — Seattle’s mayoral race is set for a rematch. Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is challenging Ed Murray, who defeated him in 2013. McGinn says he’s running for the city’s top job again because Seattle’s booming economy risks making it “an enclave for the wealthy.” He hopes voters will give him a fresh look as the city faces new challenges. The former mayor joined Brandi Kruse for an interview on Q13 News This Morning to discuss why he decided to run for […]

  • Former Seattle mayor runs again, says booming economy risks making city ‘an enclave for the wealthy’

    SEATTLE — Former Mayor Mike McGinn said Monday he’s running for the city’s top job again because Seattle’s booming economy risks making it “an enclave for the wealthy.” McGinn, who was mayor from 2010-2014, is challenging incumbent Ed Murray, who defeated him in 2013. Murray, who led the push to increase Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and has emerged as a critic of President Donald Trump’s policies, was not expected to face serious competition for re-election. However earlier this […]

  • Mike McGinn is running for Seattle mayor again

    Mike McGinn, who served as mayor from 2010-14, tweeted Monday morning an image that read "Keep Seattle McGinn 2017" indicating he is challenging Ed Murray.

  • Man dragged off plane: 5 key questions on United’s $800 mistake

    By now, the video of a United passenger being dragged off a flight at Chicago’s O’Hare airport has made it around the world and undoubtedly inundated your news feeds. There are a million things to unpack about the incident: The appropriate use of force, the rights of passengers, the PR fallout and ultimately the state of air travel that allowed for such a thing to happen. But if you just need to get caught up, here are the biggest questions […]

  • President may use military action to punish Syria for this week’s chemical attack

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump has told some members of Congress that he is considering military action in Syria in retaliation for this week’s chemical attack, and recognizes the seriousness of the situation, a source familiar with the calls tells CNN. The source said the President had not firmly decided to go ahead with it but said he was discussing possible actions with Defense Secretary James Mattis. Trump is relying on the judgment of Mattis, according to the source. […]

  • baumgartner

    ‘#ZagsGate:’ Senator defends leaving budget debate to watch NCAA tournament

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — During the heat of debate over the state’s budget and an important effort to fully fund education, a handful of senators came under fire for leaving the floor to watch Gonzaga’s victory over West Virginia in the Sweet 16 last Thursday. Senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) called his colleagues out during debate, and said it was disrespectful to their constituents, according to a tweet from Rachel LaCorte with the Associated Press. Sen. Kevin Ranker notes that several […]

  • State Dems expected to release education funding plan

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — House Democrats in Olympia are expected to release their plan to fully fund education Monday, just days after a Republican plan passed in the state senate. Senator Kevin Ranker (D-Orcas Island) said the Republican plan – part of a $43 billion budget proposal – “falls short of Washington values” by taking money from the neediest citizens. He spoke to Q13 News This Morning about how both sides can come together to meet the funding mandate. Ranker was […]

  • 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 […]