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Brandi Kruse is a correspondent for Q13 News, giving viewers an in-depth understanding of issues impacting our communities. On “Q13 News This Morning,” she provides analysis on issues ranging from politics and policing, to crisis and national security. Kruse is also host of “The Divide,” a Sunday morning commentary that looks for common ground on issues dividing Americans.

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. Kruse is a four-time Emmy nominee for her work covering veterans, the opioid epidemic, and the effort to reform Seattle’s police department.

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
  • The Divide: E-Cig Emergency

    This week on “The Divide”: A heated debate over vaping has pit lives against livelihoods. We hear from both sides and Brandi searches for common ground as the vape debate heads to Olympia.  Plus: On “Fact or Fake?” we put anti-Initiative 976 ads to the test. Also: A “police abolitionist” is running for city council. But his controversial views on policing didn’t stop him from attending a public safety forum hosted by Seattle’s police union. Brandi explains the lesson that can […]

  • Commentary: Police Abolition?

    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: A Seattle city council candidate says he believes in police abolition. But his decision to show up to a public safety forum hosted by police officers can set an important example.

  • Fact check: Ads against $30 car tabs raise eyebrows

    A series of television ads against Initiative 976, which would return $30 car tabs to Washington drivers, focus on the impact the measure could have on transportation safety and infrastructure. But the ads have a few problems, including a glaring misrepresentation of the Skagit River Bridge collapse. The ads, paid for by Keep Washington Rolling, claim passage of Tim Eyman’s I-976 would put transportation projects at risk and potentially place lives in danger by leaving already unsafe bridges and roads […]

  • Commentary: Bothsidesism?

    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: Is bipartisanship a realistic goal?

  • The Divide: Polarizing Politics

    This week on “The Divide”: Amid a polarizing time in politics, Brandi Kruse highlights genuine acts of bipartisanship, and looks back at a conversation she had with a group of moderate voters. Also: Would you be friends with someone you don’t agree with politically? Viewers weigh in. Plus: Is Brandi guilty of “bothsidesism”? She responds. Watch the full episode:

  • Seattle PD clarifies comment that sex workers ‘enjoy’ prostitution

    SEATTLE – A Seattle police captain in charge of the agency’s High Risk Victims Unit said Thursday that he does not believe sex workers “enjoy” such work, despite a controversial comment made by one of his superiors during a city council meeting earlier in the week. Following a report in Crosscut that the Seattle Police Department has begun routinely arresting sex workers, Deputy Seattle Police Chief Marc Garth Green was asked about the issue at a Seattle City Council meeting […]

  • GOP challenger looks to take back 8th Congressional District

    Jesse Jensen, an Army veteran from Bonney Lake, has emerged as the first Republican candidate to challenge Washington’s newly elected congresswoman, Dr. Kim Schrier. Schrier was a pediatrician and political newcomer in 2018 when she beat Republican Dino Rossi, becoming the first Democrat ever elected to represent the 8th Congressional District. Now, just 10 months into her first term, Schrier will have to fight to keep the seat Democrats eyed as part of a nationwide effort to capture historically red […]

  • Exclusive: Inside controversial ICE arrests in Kitsap County

    In recent weeks, ICE has stepped up efforts to combat what it sees as misleading narratives about the work its agents are doing. ICE allowed Q13 to ride along with agents as they carried out enforcement actions in Kitsap County last week.

  • Commentary: America Divided

    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: The impeachment inquiry into President Trump has further divided America.

  • The Divide: Impeachment Inquiry

    This week on “The Divide“: Brandi Kruse examines both sides of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, and discusses whether it’s deepening our country’s divides. Also: Our cameras take you inside a controversial ICE enforcement action. Watch it unfold from two drastically different perspectives. Watch the full episode:

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