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: Race & Policing in America

    This week on “The Divide”: As the nation reels over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, there are growing calls for meaningful police reform. Andre Taylor, a police accountability advocate, joins “The Divide” to discuss Floyd’s death as well as progress toward police reform in Seattle. We’re also joined by Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild, who believes SPD has shown significant progress over the past decade. Also: “Small Business Sunday” continues with a Bellevue salon that […]

  • Brandi Kruse: Why Governor Inslee is a master at the non-answer

    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: During the Coronavirus crisis, Governor Jay Inslee  has been criticized for dodging questions. But who else is to blame for his non-answers?

  • Small Business Sunday: A Bellevue salon’s COVID-19 makeover puts customer safety first

    A Bellevue hair salon has undergone a major makeover during the coronavirus closure – making changes it hopes will keep customers safe and healthy. While it’s not clear when King County could get the green light to open some small businesses, Susan King Salon believes it could open safely today if given permission. Do you know a local small business we should feature on “Small Business Sunday”? Email

  • Small Business Sunday: eTc Tacoma missing community connection during closure

    Founded by two Tacoma natives, eTc Tacoma is more than just a shop selling streetwear – it's a place for the community to gather. That connection is what co-owner Umi Wagoner says the business has missed most during a now two-month long closure.

  • The Divide: Governor Inslee on COVID-19 response

    An overseas crime ring stole hundreds of millions of dollars from Washington's unemployment system. But who is most responsible – the scammers, or the state?

  • Brandi Kruse: Scammers stole our money – and the state is complicit

    Overseas scammers stole hundreds of millions of dollars from Washington taxpayers – and the state is complicit.

  • Brandi Kruse: It’s OK to question the governor’s logic, but do you really question his motives?

    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: When it comes to reopening the state, it’s OK to question Governor Jay Inslee’s logic – but do you really question his motives?

  • ‘Fact or Fake?’: Can the government force you into quarantine?

    Governor Jay Inslee’s office says it’s voluntary for residents to isolate or quarantine as part of the contact tracing process, but some question whether the government can actually force it. Brandi Kruse takes a look in “Fact or Fake?”

  • Small Business Sunday: Pauly’s Paw Spa in Port Orchard

    While pet groomers wait to reopen under Phase 2 of the state’s “Safe Start” plan, Tiffanie Miner of Pauly’s Paw Spa in Port Orchard worries that her regular customers are left suffering. Find helpful tips for grooming your dog at home on Pauly’s Paw Spa’s Facebook Page, here. Visit Pauly’s Paw Spa online, here. “Small Business Sunday” is an effort to lift up local companies impacted by Coronavirus. Each Sunday on “The Divide,” Brandi Kruse highlights how businesses are trying […]

  • Brandi Kruse: Financial ruin can be deadly, too (in case we’ve forgotten about the homeless crisis)

    Is it "heartless" to question economic impacts of keeping our state closed?

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