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
  • ‘Increase the Peace:’ Combating the toll of gang violence

    SEATTLE — According to police, rising tensions among feuding gangs has led to increased gun-related violence in Seattle and across King County. The Q13 News series “Increase the Peace” looks at the robust approach required to combat the problem: from early parental intervention, to proactive police work, and innovative investigative measures. Part 1: In April 2015, 1-year-old Malijha Grant was shot in the back of the head and killed while riding in a car with her mother and father in […]

  • Seattle’s ‘Navigation Center’ to open, offering new hope amid homeless crisis

    SEATTLE — Modeled off a similar facility for the homeless in San Francisco, Seattle’s long-awaited Navigation Center will open in the International District on Wednesday. The 24-hour shelter is designed to serve those who have been reluctant to seek services elsewhere due to restrictions – including the fact that many traditional shelters prohibit drug and alcohol use. The Navigation Center’s policy on substance use is murky at best, and could prove controversial. During a tour of the facility on Tuesday, […]

  • Budget: Biggest education reform in state history will rely heavily on property taxes

    SEATTLE — The state’s tentative budget pumps billions more into education, relying heavily on property taxes to foot the bill. Lawmakers say the two-year budget deal amounts to $43.5 billion, with $7.3 billion of that for education that will be phased in over four years starting this fall. Eight key negotiators who worked on the budget and the education portion of the plan believe the deal will comply with the state Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary decision in which the justices ruled […]

  • Washington lawmakers race the clock to pass a new budget

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington lawmakers are preparing to be briefed Thursday on details of a bipartisan compromise on a two-year state operating budget as staffers race to finish the lengthy bill. Legislative leaders had initially said that the budget and other related documents would be posted publicly at noon Thursday, but later had to amend that, saying they won’t be available until Thursday night. Democratic Rep. June Robinson, who has been part of the budget negotiations, said that exhausted staffers […]

  • At ‘Recovery Cafe’, a sense of belonging for those who are suffering

    SEATTLE — On Wednesday, Q13 News joined other media outlets in spotlighting the homeless crisis in Washington state. Brandi Kruse gives us a glimpse inside the Recovery Café, a first-of-its-kind program that has provided those suffering from homelessness, mental illness, and drug addiction a place to come together to heal. The model has been so successful in Seattle, it is now being replicated elsewhere.

  • 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 […]