" ... what is important, what is vital, what has color and life ... That's journalism.” - Burton Rascoe

Brandi Kruse is an investigative reporter for KIRO, the CBS Radio affiliate in Seattle.

She was named “Best Reporter” in Seattle by the Seattle Weekly in both 2013 and 2014.

Kruse is known for her in-depth reporting on major news events, such as the May Day riots, the Port of Seattle Occupy protests, and the deadly mudslide in Oso, Washington, that claimed 43 lives. In 2011, She travelled to Central America to become the first U.S. reporter to interview Jason Puracal, a Seattle man who claimed he was wrongly imprisoned in Nicaragua. He later credited the jailhouse interview with bringing attention to his case and helping to secure his release.

Kruse regularly files reports for CBS News Radio during breaking news events, such as the shooting at Seattle Pacific University and the manhunt for a man who killed a park ranger on Mount Rainier.

During her time with KIRO, Kruse has been honored with four Edward R. Murrow awards for excellence in journalism and has contributed to three Murrows for team coverage of breaking news events. In 2014, the investigative unit that she helped to launch, “On Assignment,” received its first Murrow for an investigation into rampant drug dealing and street disorder in downtown Seattle.

”By all indication, the woman doesn’t sleep … ever. She’s at every last-minute press conference. She’s at every crime scene.” -Matt Driscoll, Editor, Seattle Weekly

”If somebody is going to get an interview, if somebody is going to open someone up like a soft peanut, it’s Brandi Kruse. … she gets these people to tell her things they wouldn’t tell anyone else.” – John Curley, longtime Seattle broadcaster

Kruse was born in North Dakota and raised in lakes country outside of Glyndon, a small town in northwestern Minnesota. She holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.

(Photo: Kruse is shown interviewing Seattle Superhero Phoenix Jones during the 2013 May Day riots. Photo/Christopher Bell)