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Brandi Kruse is a correspondent for Q13 News, appearing weekdays on “Q13 News This Morning.” She provides analysis on local, state, and national politics. In August 2019, Q13 launched “The Divide with Brandi Kruse,” a Sunday morning political program that searches for common ground on issues dividing Americans.

Brandi has also spent several years reporting on challenges faced by those living on the streets of Seattle, including mental illness and drug addiction. Her stories hit close to home in 2019 when her own father died after a lifetime of drug and alcohol abuse. She revealed to viewers that he lived out of a motel room in the years leading up to his death.

Brandi is a four-time Emmy nominee for her work covering veterans, the opioid epidemic, and efforts to reform Seattle’s police department. The Seattle Weekly has twice named her the city’s “Best Reporter” – in 2013 and 2014 – crediting, in part, her coverage of the city’s May Day riots.

During her early career as a radio reporter in Seattle, Brandi was honored with nine Edward R. Murrow Awards for coverage of 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 and filing daily reports for CBS Radio. In August 2011, Kruse spent six days in Central America searching for Jason Puracal, a U.S. Citizen and University of Washington graduate who claimed he was wrongly imprisoned in Nicaragua. After locating Puracal inside a prisoner transport van near the town of Managua, Kruse was granted an interview by Nicaraguan officials. Portions of the interview aired on CNN, and Puracal later credited it with bringing attention to his case and helping to secure his release.

Brandi holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. She lives in east King County with her boyfriend and their two (very) spoiled dogs.


Recent Articles
  • The Divide: Tim Eyman vs. Bob Ferguson

    This week on “The Divide”: Former Attorney General Rob McKenna weighs in on the legal drama playing out over $30 car tabs.

  • Commentary: The Heck with it

    What Congressman Denny Heck's retirement says about civility in America.

  • Commentary: The legal drama over 976 should have been avoided – now both sides are paying the price

    State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday filed a motion with the state's highest court, hoping to lift an injunction on voter-approved $30 car tabs so the initiative can take effect December 5.

  • Commentary: Car Tab Chaos

    The legal drama unfolding over I-976 should have been avoided – and both sides are paying the price.

  • King County judge blocks $30 car tab measure from taking effect

    SEATTLE (AP) — A judge on Wednesday blocked Tim Eyman’s $30 car tab measure from taking effect in Washington state while cities and counties challenge its legality, citing “substantial concerns” that the initiative’s description on the ballot was misleading. Voters approved Initiative 976 earlier this month. It caps most taxes paid through annual vehicle registration at $30 and largely revokes the authority of state and local governments to add new taxes and fees. The city of Seattle, King County, Garfield […]

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    Commentary: Eyman for governor?

    SEATTLE — Each week on “The Divide,” Brandi Kruse offers a commentary that looks for common ground on issues dividing Americans. Topics include gun control, free speech, policing, and politics. This week: If Tim Eyman is serious about running for governor, Democrats have reason to be worried.  

  • The Divide: Election interference?

    This week on “The Divide”: A controversy in Snohomish County has some voters crying election interference. Also: How would a small town police chief solve big city problems? We talk to Republic Police Chief Loren Culp about his campaign for governor. Plus: If Tim Eyman is serious about running for governor, Democrats may have a reason to be worried. Watch the full episode here:

  • Five things our boss taught us about leadership – and the lessons she can teach you, too

    SEATTLE — In 2003, Erica Hill was working the night shift as an assignment editor at Q13 News. It was her job to answer calls that came into the newsroom, listen to police scanners, and send crews out to breaking news. People who worked with her then, some of whom are still at Q13 today, saw the beginnings of a truly special career. “Right off the bat I knew that she was not just any assignment editor,” said Erika Wutherich, […]

  • Commentary: Politicians and the press

    While President Trump gets his fair share of jabs in at the press, we can look closer to home for examples of politicians who don't appreciate the role of the media.

  • The Divide: Election 2020

    This week on “The Divide”: Governor Jay Inslee makes his “Divide” debut to discuss his reelection campaign and the $30 car tab debacle.

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