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: Fact Check

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  • The Divide: A different kind of win for Washington state

    The Cougars may have lost the Apple Cup, but Washington State and its fans pulled off a different kind of win.

  • The Divide: ‘Generation Z’

    This week: What "Generation Z" chooses to prioritize might not reflect on them as much as it does on us.

  • The Divide: Point of Light

    “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: Reflecting on the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush.

  • Washington Congresswoman on shutdown: ‘It is very easy for me to diagnose a tantrum’

    Newly-elected U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier of Washington weighed in Thursday on the partial government shutdown that has left D.C. and the country in gridlock. Just days into her term in Congress, Rep. Schrier (D-8th) has gotten a crash-course on life in politics during divided government. “People in my district are hurting, people all over this country are hurting, and it is the wrong way to negotiate. It is just unfair to the American public and people in the 8th Congressional […]

  • Seattle City Council President: ‘The atmosphere has changed’

    Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell, thought of by many City Hall insiders as a voice of reason on a council steadily moving further to the left, announced this week that he would not seek reelection.

  • The Divide: The Bare Minimum

    “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.

  • ‘You can’t put a price on human life’: A year after deadly Amtrak derailment, rail safety deadline looms

    There is little question whether a technology called Positive Train Control could have prevented the derailment of a passenger train near DuPont, Washington, a year ago today.

  • The Divide: Our Priorities

    “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.

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    Light is a theme woven into the Jewish faith. Not only in the candles that burn throughout Hanukkah, but in the belief that it’s your responsibly to share your light with the world.