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Brandi Kruse is an investigative reporter for KIRO Radio, the CBS Radio affiliate in Seattle, Wash. She currently heads KIRO Radio’s award-winning investigative unit, “On Assignment.”

In 2013, she was named “Best Reporter” in Seattle by the Seattle Weekly.

Kruse has helped break such stories as the trend of undercooked meat at Burger King restaurants nationwide, and was the first American reporter to travel to Central America to interview Jason Puracal, a U.S. citizen who was wrongly imprisoned in Nicaragua. He later credited her interview with helping to secure his release. She has also covered such stories as the Skagit River bridge collapse and the deadly mudslide in Oso, Wash., that claimed 43 lives.

Kruse has been honored with four individual 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 street disorder in downtown Seattle.

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

A 2010 graduate of broadcast journalism at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, she was honored at the Hearst Journalism Awards as the top radio news student in the country. Before coming to KIRO-FM, Kruse worked for CBS News in New York City on video elements of CBSnews.com, then for the affiliate news service of ABC News Radio.

Prior to CBS, she worked for ABC News as an on-campus reporter. During her year with ABC, her work was featured on the World News Webcast with Charles Gibson, NewsOne, World News Now, ABCNews.com and Yahoo!.

Kruse began her career in news at Lincoln, Neb., radio station KFOR. While there, her evening newscast was twice awarded “Best Newscast” by the Associated Press and the Nebraska Broadcasters Association. She also received a Nebraska Broadcasters Association Award of Excellence in “Best Investigative Reporting” for a story that helped investigators track down a dangerous sex offender on the run.

She has also worked with the news and public affairs unit at NET Television on several political and social documentaries including an in-depth look at Nebraska’s candidates for U.S. Senate.

Kruse grew up in lakes country outside of Glyndon, a small town in northwestern Minnesota. She graduated from Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School in 2006.