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: Hate Hoax?

    “The Divide” is a weekly commentary that aims to find common ground on an issue dividing Americans. Each week, Brandi Kruse tackles topics including gun control, free speech, policing, and politics.

  • Video sparks anger, disagreement about responsibility of elected leaders to listen to those they serve

    It’s rare for public testimony at a Seattle City Council meeting – or any municipal meeting for that matter – to garner much attention at all.

  • The Divide: Stop Settling

    “The Divide” is a weekly commentary that aims to find common ground on an issue dividing Americans. Each week, Brandi Kruse tackles topics including gun control, free speech, policing, and politics. This week: A Seattle man just wanted to have his voice heard by city council members. Instead, he ended up delivering a “sad commentary” on the state of politics that has now been seen by millions around the world.

  • Seattle City Council blasted for ignoring public testimony

    When Richard Schwartz went before the Seattle City Council to offer public testimony earlier this month, he was greeted with disinterest.

  • Arlington police chief ‘almost embarrassed’ by how city handled domestic violence cases

    ARLINGTON, Wash. – When he came into the job in 2017, Arlington Police Chief Jonathan Ventura said he was “almost embarrassed” by how the department was handling domestic violence reports. “We were doing what was required of us, but these are sensitive situations and it just was not enough,” said Ventura, who wanted to make sure victims had a voice in the process each step of the way. That’s why he advocated for a new position at the department – […]

  • Arlington’s approach to homeless crisis differs from Seattle – and officials say it’s working

    ARLINGTON, Wash. — Like many cities across Western Washington, Arlington has turned to a police-embedded social worker program to help deal with a homelessness crisis that has been fueled, in part, by the opioid epidemic. The program, versions of which are being used in Seattle, Everett, and across Snohomish County, pairs social workers with police officers to offer outreach and services to those living on the streets. But unlike Seattle – the epicenter of the crisis – Arlington has made […]

  • The Divide: Life Lessons

    “The Divide” is a weekly commentary that aims to find common ground on an issue dividing Americans. Each week, Brandi Kruse tackles topics including gun control, free speech, policing, and politics. This week: Revelations about a massive college entrance scam have shined a glaring spotlight on privilege – and how it’s abused. Brandi Kruse examines the important lesson it can teach us about parenting.

  • Former NAACP head likens state lawmakers – some black – to white supremacists

    A former NAACP president likened state lawmakers – some black – to white supremacists over a vote in Olympia on eviction reform.

  • The Divide: Revolving Door

    “The Divide” is a weekly commentary that aims to find common ground on an issue dividing Americans. Each week, Brandi Kruse tackles topics including gun control, free speech, policing, and politics.

  • As Governor Inslee eyes White House, who could take his place in 2020?

    With Governor Jay Inslee making a run for the White House in 2020, here's a look at the possible Democratic and Republican candidates to take his spot in the governor's mansion.

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