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: Sanctuary and Safety

     “The Divide” is a new weekly half-hour show hosted by award-winning journalist Brandi Kruse. The show will take an in-depth look at the most divisive issue of the week, with a focus on local voices and the search for common ground.

  • It’s decision time for Washington Governor Jay Inslee

    Governor Jay Inslee’s presidential campaign is about to miss two important deadlines that could dictate the fate of his 2020 run.

  • ‘It needed to be done:’ Seattle police chief doubles down on criticism of city council

    In a lengthy interview, Chief Best spoke with Q13’s Brandi Kruse about what prompted her to speak out about the city’s political climate, and whether it could lead to a public safety emergency.

  • The Divide: Thank you

    SEATTLE — “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: The Divide is growing! Brandi offers her thanks and a promise.  

  • 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.

  • The Divide: Cry for Help

    SEATTLE — “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 violent repeat offender struck again in Seattle. Was it a desperate cry for help?

  • Mueller: I did not clear Trump of obstruction of justice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller told lawmakers Wednesday he could not exonerate President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice and that the president’s claims that he had done so in his report are not correct. “The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed,” Mueller declared at the opening of congressional hearings into his investigation of Russian interference to help Trump win the 2016 election. The televised Capitol Hill appearances, Mueller’s first since […]

  • The Divide: ‘Send her back!’

    SEATTLE — “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: Racist tweets and chants have no place in American politics.

  • Seattle PD members on staffing shortage: ‘We just need to be supported’

    Seattle Police Detective Andre Sinn, Detective Carl Wilson, and Officer Tre Smith joined “Q13 News This Morning” to discuss challenges with recruitment and their message to city leaders.

  • Portland considers anti-mask law after violent protests

    Portland, Oregon, Mayor Ted Wheeler says he'll discuss ways to better control future protests by left- and right-wing groups with police, business, community and civil rights leaders.

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