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Brandi Kruse is a special projects correspondent for Q13 News, giving viewers an in-depth look at issues impacting our communities. On “Q13 News This Morning,” she provides analysis on issues ranging from politics and policing, to crisis and national security.

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, and again in 2017 for a series on aspiring Seattle police officers.

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
  • On the campaign trail: Inside the fight for Washington’s 8th Congressional District

    The race for Washington’s 8th Congressional District has become one of the most consequential races in the country. Democrats are hoping to turn the seat blue in a nationwide effort to flip the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives – but they face an uphill battle. The seat, long held by U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, has been red since its creation in the early 1980s.

  • The Divide: ‘Did he do enough?’

    This week: Those asking whether Paul Allen did enough for the planet before his death are asking the wrong question.

  • The Divide: A Real Hero

    This week: We know who our real heroes are.

  • Honoring their pledge? Attack ad on Dino Rossi misleading

    Ahead of the primary election in August, leaders of the Washington State Democratic Party and Washington State Republican Party pledged to run clean campaigns heading into the midterms.

  • The Divide: Shelving Survivors

    This week: Elected leaders across the country owe rape survivors an apology.

  • The Divide: A memory in time

    “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: In sexual assault awakening, never underestimate the human mind’s ability to remember trauma.

  • Arsonist Martin Pang to be released from prison Thursday

    WALLA WALLA, Wash. – The man who caused the deaths of four Seattle firefighters in 1995 is scheduled to walk out of prison a free man on Thursday, according to the Department of Corrections. When he leaves the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla, Martin Shaw Pang will have served about 20 years of a 35-year sentence for four counts of first-degree manslaughter. His early releases date is based off earned “good time” while behind bars. On January 5, 1995, […]

  • The Divide: Women are not bugs

    This week: Young women are watching to see how America treats Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser.

  • The Divide: Education Enigma

    This week: Did state lawmakers really create an equitable education system? Because some still feel left behind.

  • Puyallup PD turns to public to help combat high property crime

    The Puyallup Police Department hopes that two campaigns, launched over the summer, will help combat property crime by encouraging the public to do its part to deter would-be thieves. The campaigns, called “Lock It or Lose It” and the “#9PMRoutine” educate residents on how to make their cars and homes less appealing targets to those looking for a quick score.