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: Winky Face?

    “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: Brandi explains the tricks public officials use to avoid stories that might make them look bad. Editor’s note: Since the taping of this segment, Governor Jay Inslee’s office has promised to look into the case to see whether the state’s new sanctuary law impacted it. 

  • Tacoma student, mom talk about ‘amazing’ encounter with Governor Inslee

    Malik Goodrum, the incoming sophomore class president at Franklin Pierce High School in Tacoma, had a chance encounter with Governor Jay Inslee this week that he said he will “remember for the rest of my life.”

  • Rapist accused of attacking victim after release believed to have fled to Mexico

    Francisco Carranza-Ramirez, a convicted rapist who is wanted for allegedly attacking his victim after being released from jail, may have fled the country, the King County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

  • The Divide: Straight Pride Parade?

    “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: Calls for a “straight pride parade” have some in the LGBTQ community upset.  

  • ‘Somebody Somewhere’ podcast delves into Jungle shooting

    Season two of the “Somebody Somewhere” podcast is out and takes listeners on a journey through the case of a deadly shooting inside Seattle’s infamous homeless camp known as “The Jungle.”

  • Governing by phone: Inside Inslee’s hectic first months on 2020 trail

    Three months into Governor Jay Inslee's presidential campaign, Washington state is frequently without its elected leader.

  • The Divide: Media Bias?

    “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: Ever wonder whether reporters have a bias? Of course they do.

  • Inslee: DNC says no to climate debate

    Governor Jay Inslee’s call for the Democratic National Committee to hold a climate debate has been answered – and the answer is no.

  • The Divide: A Name on a Wall

    “The Divide” is a weekly commentary that aims to find common ground on an issue dividing Americans.

  • The Divide: Double Standard

    “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: People crying “fake news” ought to use their skepticism to its full potential.

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